FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots owner Robert Kraft held a news conference this morning to announce Drew Bledsoe as the team’s fourth honorary captain, talk about the team playing the Rams in London on Oct. 28, 2012, and answer other questions.
Kraft touched on a variety of topics, from the excellence of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, to his strong feelings about the 2011 Patriots and how close they are as a team, and how this has been an emotional season for him as it has been dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Myra.
Kraft began by speaking on the honorary captains – Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi. They were part of the 1996 AFC Championship team as well as the first Super Bowl-winning team in 2001.
“I remember sitting in the stands for 34 years and we had one playoff game, which we lost to Houston in ’78. I remember that ’96 season when we had the privilege of hosting our first championship game. These four people were in the game and I remember the thrill I had getting that first Lamar Hunt trophy,” Kraft said.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win the big game, but five years later, those same four – I think we had a core group of 10 players -- were on the team and we were able to win the Super Bowl in ’01. So they’re coming back and we want to give the fans a chance to remember that it all started 15 years ago.”
Kraft also referenced the “Tuck Rule” game against the Raiders in the 2001 playoff in his opening remarks.
“Ten years ago yesterday, thank goodness we had a head ref who understood the rules,” he said.
More from Kraft to come...