In Israel, “football” means soccer; that is, until now. The popularity of “American football” is growing in the Jewish state, largely through the efforts of Bob Kraft, owner of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
To encourage the growth of the sport, Kraft recently donated $6 million toward building Israel’s first regulation-sized football stadium in Jerusalem.
Kraft’s dedication to Israel is deep and profound. As he said on one visit, “This isn’t a business trip. It’s something about spirituality.”
“I love America, and I’m so lucky to have been born there and be a US citizen, but when I came here I also learned that this place was so special,” Kraft said during a September 2017 visit. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)