In an effort to support multiple charities, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sold one of his Super Bowl rings in an auction
I guess when you have as many Super Bowl rings as Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots, you don’t mind parting ways with one of them from time to time.
Kraft, owner and chairman of the Patriots since 1994, sold his Super Bowl LI championship ring in an auction for $1.25 million. He elected to donate 100% of his earnings to the Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen, and No Kid Hungry charities.
After many people counted them out early on, the Patriots overcame a massive 28-3 lead by the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI.
Kraft chose this ring because he feels the comeback his team overcame to win the championship can relate to what the world is enduring with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The auction was part of the All-In Challenge that was created by Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, in hopes of helping fight food deprivation in America during the global pandemic.
This is what Kraft said during the auctioning of his Super Bowl ring, per Yahoo Sports’ Jason Owens:
"“We came back, and we won. And I thought about what’s going on at this time and wanted to give something of extreme value in support of our health-care workers … It showed how we came back. We’re the greatest country in the world with the greatest people who feel a sense of team and work together during the toughest times.”"
The Super Bowl LI championship ring that Kraft created includes 283 diamonds — a direct representation of the 28-3 deficit the Patriots had to overcome.
This isn’t the only way Robert Kraft has illustrated his generous spirit during the pandemic
In the beginning of April, Kraft sent his New England Patriots team airplane to China in recovery of extra N95 face masks to help protect the workers and people in America. In doing so, Kraft and his team brought back 1.7 million masks into the country.
It’s fair to say that Kraft isn’t missing or lacking any championship hardware — he still has five more rings and the drive for more.
The next Super Bowl the New England Patriots win will be the team’s seventh … but Kraft will only have six rings.
It’s an incredibly generous gesture from a first-class man and organization.