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June 16, 2017 4:52 pm

Jewish New England Patriots Owner to NFL Hall of Famers Visiting Israel: You Will Be ‘Uplifted’ by the Country

avatar by Shiryn Ghermezian

Robert Kraft. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is currently leading a group of 18 National Football League Hall of Famers on a weeklong tour of Israel.

On board the plane to Israel, the 76-year-old Kraft — who is Jewish — told the collection of former gridiron stars, “My family and I are into spirituality, and no matter what you’re background, you’ll find a way to be uplifted by the country.”

A number of photos from the ongoing trip can be found on the Patriots Twitter page.

According to the Patriots website, the ex-players were to “experience the culture and history of Israel and participate in special football events showcasing the growth of the game in the country.”

The participants in the trip include Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Cris Carter, Dave Casper, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Joe Montana, Andre Reed, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary. Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker also accompanied them on the trip.


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