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Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

By Jason Stverak  originally published in JNS

I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, or should I say, the instant replay booth. Still, football is like life—not always fair. And even the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl has lacked fairness, as the media is obsessed with deflated footballs. Fans of the sport are not enjoying the sidebar stories that always accompany the lead-up to the big game.

When the Patriots and the Seahawks take the field on Sunday, the conversation before, during, and after the game will still involve “Deflategate” or “Ballghazi” (pick your media label). What will be missing for the second time in recent New England Patriots’ Super Bowl memory is Myra Kraft sitting with her husband, team owner Robert Kraft. She left us in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Myra Kraft was a mensch is every sense of the word. It’s a sad disservice to her memory that the ebullience of viewers across the globe—not just Patriots and football fans—will be dampened because of a victimless and unresolvable non-scandal. Stories about the Kraft family, especially Myra and her global philanthropic impact, would have made for informative and inspiring television. I hope I’m wrong, and that the Super Bowl coverage finds the time to break away from the great non-conspiracy and remind the world of this beautiful soul that left us too soon.

 

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