Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Hardest Hit of the NFL Negotiations


Rejoicing, cries of happiness, and hugs all around.

No, I'm not referring to a sappy chick flick.  I'm talking about the end of the NFL lockout.

People of all sorts celebrated that the 18-week lockout had finally come to a close.  Everybody won in this case.  Owners would make money, players will play, small establishments would be filled with customers, and of course, fans will cheer.

One man though is a loser no matter what, because whomever won, he was going to lose the most. No matter what.

Owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, played a pivotal role in the NFL negotiations. His role was so important, that without him, many people say a lockout would still be going on.

He is being called, "the glue of the negotiations".  Kraft, was the leader that kept individuals at the bargaining table, which was pivotal, while everyone was at a dead lock or gave up.

As owner of the Patriots, I'm sure he loves his job and team.  But to a small degree, I don't think it was that important to him.

You see, his wife of 48 years, Myra Kraft, was dying of cancer.  She was in the late stages, and things were getting worse, before they were frying better. 

The breast cancer was winning, and they both knew it. 

The Kraft's have been a couple since college.  But even on her death bed, while her life was ticking away, she sent him to the negotiations.  So while his wife was dying, he left her, to help create a better NFL.

He made great strides for football, at an enormous personal cost.

Fans were complaining about the lockout for weeks, myself included.  We were wondering what the hell they were negotiating about.  However, there's no negotiating this one, only a demand, for respect.


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