Credit to Robert Kraft for keeping Bill Belichick and Tom Brady together

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- And then there was one.

On Tuesday, another installment of quarterback Tom Brady's six-part "Tom vs. Time" documentary was released.

And on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick will be featured as part of the "Two Bills" 30 for 30 documentary (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) produced for ESPN Films.

Two of the three pillars of the New England Patriots' remarkable 17-year run of success gave their thumbs-up to legacy-type projects that they probably couldn't have dreamed of back in 2001 when their ascent was beginning and the franchise was a lovable underdog that had been introduced in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Most of the contributions to those documentaries were completed in the offseason, but the timing of their release -- and the Patriots' presence in Super Bowl LII -- shines a brighter spotlight on the final piece of the Patriots' Big Three: owner Robert Kraft.

He could also be part of a compelling documentary that reflected favorably on himself as the only owner in NFL history to have his team play in nine Super Bowls, including some of the behind-the-scenes efforts that have gone into achieving stability with arguably the greatest coach-quarterback duo for nearly two decades.

That hasn't always been so easy for him, which he basically acknowledged on NFL Network before the AFC Championship Game. In that interview, Kraft noted how success can create tension, and that it was important for everyone keeping egos in check.

Then, about six hours later, his first remarks during the on-field celebration struck a theme of unity and deference. "How great are these coaches and players?" he asked the crowd in celebration.

It was an obvious example of him working to build up those around him, similar to how he has a reputation for building bridges among his fellow NFL owners on important league business matters.

"After my family, the most important thing that [gets me going] more than anything is doing whatever I can, in a small way, to try to help the team win," Kraft said on Super Bowl LII Opening Night. "And the parallel benefit is how it brings a community together."

There has been a lot of that since Kraft purchased the franchise 24 years ago. The Patriots have won 30 postseason games since then, which is the third-highest total in league history behind only the Rooney family with the Steelers (36 wins in 85 years) and the Green Bay Packers (34 wins in 99 years). The Patriots' .698 winning percentage since Kraft became owner is the highest among all owners with at least 200 wins.

One of the most important decisions Kraft naturally made was hiring Belichick in 2000, which he detailed in "The Two Bills."

The two were first connected by then-head coach Bill Parcells, who wanted to hire Belichick as an assistant in 1996 after he had been fired by the Browns. Belichick had an offer to become defensive coordinator in Miami under Jimmy Johnson, but Parcells -- based on his past connection with Belichick from their days with the Giants -- told him to meet with Kraft before agreeing to it.

This is how Kraft remembered it, as told in the documentary: "I liked him and agreed to go over budget to hire him. I actually remember Bill Parcells saying to me, when he was describing Bill, he said, 'You won't really be his friend, you won't really go out and hang together, but we have a good relationship.' And I thought if I could get wins out of it; that was [enticing]."

Kraft almost hired Belichick as head coach in 1997. But Kraft said in the documentary that he needed a clean break from anyone connected to Parcells. He came back to Belichick in 2000.

"Knowing Bill Belichick -- he grew and I grew, and I thought I would be ready for him," Kraft said in the documentary. "I think it was the best decision I've made since I've owned the franchise. That doesn't mean it doesn't come with a lot of hard work and effort."

With the Patriots back in the Super Bowl, Kraft's hard work and effort are worthy of acknowledgment. That, coupled with Brady referring to Kraft as "a second father," would make for a compelling documentary of what it has been like to walk in Kraft's shoes, working to maintain the continuity that he has cited as being so critical. It would align well next to "Tom vs. Time" and "The Two Bills."

Maybe Kraft will tell that story someday, but now isn't the time.

Set to watch from the owners box in his ninth Super Bowl, Kraft said, "I had stardust in my eyes the first one in New Orleans in '96. We're privileged. There's no better feeling I can have outside of my family experiences than being part of a team that goes to the Super Bowl. It's off the charts."