|Robert Kraft presents Tom Brady game ball for win No. 201 in locker room after win over Rams||12.05.16 at 6:13 pm ET|
Sunday was a special win for the Patriots and Tom Brady.
So special that owner Robert Kraft recognized an individual player in the locker room following the 26-10 win over the Rams, as it was win No. 201 for Brady, passing Peyton Manning for most wins by a quarterback in NFL history.
“We don’t usually recognize individual achievements — our team is so important — but when you break a record that in the 90-odd year history of the NFL, you win 201 games, which no other quarterback has done, I think our quarterback deserves it,” Kraft said to the team before handing him the game ball.
Thanks to Patriots.com for the video.
— Patriots.com (@PATRIOTSdotCOM) December 5, 2016
|Robert Kraft visits Trump Tower Wednesday reportedly to visit Donald Trump||11.16.16 at 2:46 pm ET|
On Sunday, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said the organization didn’t endorse any candidate, but on Wednesday the owner was reportedly meeting with presidential-elect Donald Trump.
According to a pool report, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was seen walking inside Trump Tower reportedly to meet with Trump.
Kraft walked into the building with Steve Mnuchin at 1:52 p.m.
Ha! Patriots owner Robert Kraft just arrived to visit President-elect Donald Trump, per pool report. pic.twitter.com/1ENgzJx5O4
— Astead Wesley (@AsteadWH) November 16, 2016
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|Video: Gronk goes metal in new ‘Madden’ commercial, while Robert Kraft goes sneaker shopping||11.10.16 at 2:08 pm ET|
Two Patriots-themed videos to get you through a Thursday afternoon:
In the latest commercial for “Madden 17,” Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski fronts a hair-metal band with a song that sounds suspiciously like it was borrowed from Jon Bon Jovi, a friend of his coach. You be the judge.
The second features owner Robert Kraft doing some sneaker shopping.
|Tom Brady, Robert Kraft officially become part of UFC||09.30.16 at 9:33 am ET|
Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are expanding their horizons.
The Patriots quarterback and team owner have become minority partners in UFC.
“Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said. “Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”
Brady becomes part of a star-studded group that is buying in on one of the biggest and fastest-growing brands in sports worldwide.
Also included in the partnership are Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Cam Newton, Conan O’Brien, Flea, Guy Fieri, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL COOL J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus), Sylvester Stallone, Trey Parker and Tyler Perry.
In July, global entertainment and sports leader WME/IMG – joined by Silver Lake Partners, KKR, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. – announced it would acquire UFC, the world’s premier professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
The organization, founded in 1993, produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion television households in 29 languages.
UFC continues to capitalize on digital platforms via its wholly owned subscription over-the-top service, UFC FIGHT PASS, which delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.
|Rob Gronkowski wins Ron Burton Community Service Award||08.30.16 at 8:33 pm ET|
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was named this year’s winner of the Ron Burton Community Service Award on Tuesday night in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium.
Gronkowski is the 14th player to win the award, which is named in honor of the late Ron Burton, the first player drafted by the team and a community leader whose widespread charitable work was a model for how a Patriots player can make an impact off the field.
“Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field,” said Kraft. “Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.’ He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year’s Ron Burton Community Service Award.”
The three-time All-Pro joins a select group of Patriots players to receive the honor. Past recipients include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010) and Kevin Faulk (2009).
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|Robert Kraft issues statement on passing of former Patriots offensive lineman Bill Lenkaitis||08.28.16 at 2:39 pm ET|
The Patriots have issued a statement from owner Robert Kraft on passing of former New England offensive lineman Bill Lenkaitis, who played for the team from 1971-1981.
“Bill centered one of the greatest offensive lines, not just in franchise history, but in NFL history. In 1976, he helped propel the Patriots to an 11-3 record and our first NFL playoff berth. Two years later, the offensive line powered the Patriots to our first NFL division title, while setting the NFL rushing record. As a season ticket holder during his playing days, I was a fan of the player he was on the field. But, in my 22 years of ownership, I became an even bigger fan of the person he was off the field. He was a big man with an even bigger personality and a huge heart. As a Patriots alumnus, he remained active in our communities and regularly volunteered to support out Foundation’s many initiatives. He was a great Patriots ambassador and he will be missed. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and former teammates.”
|On 15th anniversary of their Super Bowl season, Patriots set to pay tribute to 2001 title team||07.26.16 at 5:19 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Tuesday they will be holding a series of events over the course of the 2016 season to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 2001 Super Bowl team.
The weekly features will run throughout the season and culminate on Dec. 4 with a special reunion of the 2001 team during a halftime ceremony of the Patriots game against the Rams at Gillette Stadium.
“The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft in a statement issued by the team. “The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season.”
The series of tributes will include video segments accessible via the Patriots Twitter feed and Facebook page, and will feature key stories from the 2001 season, including the Tom Brady/Drew Bledsoe quarterback debate, the infamous Snow Bowl playoff game against the Raiders and the events surrounding Super Bowl XXXVI. In addition, there will be “Where Are They Now?” segments on “Patriots All-Access” that will highlight members of that year’s team, as well as a special exhibit at the Patriots Hall of Fame.
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