Kraft honors Davis before Pats' game
A week ago, with his team playing in Oakland, Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited with Al Davis before the game and was moved to tears by an unexpected gesture from the venerable Raiders owner.
Davis informed Kraft that he planned a moment of silence before the game for Kraft's wife, Myra, who died of cancer in July.
Sunday, before the Patriots played the Jets at Gillette Stadium, Kraft did the same for Davis, who died suddenly on Saturday in Oakland.
Kraft was so "moved" by Davis' gesture he reached out to the New York Post two hours before Sunday's game to talk about Davis and what he meant to him and the NFL.
"I'm thinking here I was with Al last week and a week later what he did for my wife I'm doing for him today," Kraft said, with his eyes welling up and his voice cracking.
"When I visited with him before last week's game he told me, 'We're going to have a moment of silence for Myra.' For a visiting owner's wife, that was unheard of. I was moved," he said. "They had a moment of silence before the National Anthem with my wife's picture on the scoreboard. Now, what we're doing for Al today he did for my wife in Oakland last week."
Kraft said he believes he was the "last person who wasn't a part of the Oakland organization" to see Davis before he died.
Kraft recalled Davis being the first to welcome him into the NFL owner's fraternity when Kraft was approved as the Patriots owner in 1994.
"He was very kind to us early on," Kraft recalled. "I'll never forget coming into the room when I was accepted as an owner in '94 and one of the first people to come up and welcome me was Al Davis. As a fan of the NFL all these years, I thought that was pretty cool, that here's this icon welcoming me in."
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