If there was one moment that put the lockout in perspective, made people recognize the very human element of the game, and provided a lasting image, it was when NFLPA player rep and Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday took to the podium as the lockout's conclusion was addressed. Saturday had something else on his mind — he wanted to honor New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who lost his wife of 48 years, Myra Hiatt Kraft, to cancer last week. Through his wife's illness, Kraft never lost his dual imperative — to take care of her and to be a mainstay in NFL negotiations.
"A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment, allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out," Saturday said. "Without him, this deal does not get done. .... [He] helped us save football."
Then, the two men embraced.
If you want to see the best faces of the league, you'd have a tough time doing any better.
- Myra Hiatt Kraft
- Robert Kraft
- New England Patriots
- Indianapolis Colts