Robert Kraft — what they’re saying

“I always say everything you need to know about life you can learn from football, and everything that matters about football and life, you can learn from Bob Kraft! The influence Bob has had both inside the NFL and with its partners and colleagues is unparalleled. Without Bob’s leadership and guidance, the NFL would not be what it is today, and neither would CBS. Yet, while his accomplishments are quite excessive, it is who he is as a person that makes me most proud and honored to call him my friend and my mentor. He is in every sense of the word, the best!”
Shari Redstone, chair, Paramount Global

“He’s one of the greatest owners of all time, and think about how many Super Bowls he’s won, how many times he’s been in the conversation. Yes, it has a lot to do with players and coaches, but he’s also the guy who’s making sure that all of that works in harmony, and that is no easy task. It’s going to be a very good legacy. I don’t think there’s anybody who has competed like he has in the NFL for as many years as he has, and stayed on top.”
Ari Emanuel, CEO, Endeavor

“When you care about the person in the uniform as much as you care about the uniform, that goes a long way in NFL locker rooms, and players talk about that behind closed doors.”
Curtis Martin, former Patriots and Jets running back

“Robert is one of sports’ great pioneers. He’s a savvy negotiator who understands how to create mutual value for the NFL’s partners, including Disney, while always advocating for the future of the game, its players and fans. And his philanthropic impact has been immeasurable and wide-ranging.”
Bob Chapek, Disney CEO

“He is very direct. His word is his bond, and if Robert Kraft says something to you, you can take it to the bank, and that’s not always true in our industry. He’s also really good company. He’s fun to be around, and he understands the difference between how he’s speaking to you in a negotiation, and how he’s speaking to you in his social setting. But in both instances, he’s sincere, and he’s direct, and there’s no hidden agenda there.”
Sean McManus, chairman, CBS Sports

“He’s the ultimate ‘rising tide’ guy. And that shows with our personal relationship, and how that manifests itself in a larger business relationship.”
Eric Shanks, Fox Sports CEO

“The thing I really respect about Robert the most is, he’s just a really great family man. His family means everything to him. He’s a really delightful guy to be around, he’s 80 years old and probably one of the most innovative guys I’ve ever met. He’s always thinking ahead, he’s sort of a visionary if you will, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down at all. In fact, if anything, he’s stepping on the gas even more.”
Dean Spanos, Los Angeles Chargers chairman and owner

“It’s legacy of love. It’s a legacy of lifting up those who are down, and giving them an opportunity to succeed. It’s a legacy of hard work, of true devotion and commitment, but one of a father figure who really genuinely cares about everybody.”
Paul Burton, vice president, development and media, Ron Burton Training Village 

“I think his legacy will be that he built a dynasty, and he’s been a real benefit to the community. That, in the final analysis, shows that good guys win. He’s a good guy.”
Sanford Weill, former CEO and chairman, Citigroup, and a former Jets fan who credits his experience watching the “Tuck Rule” game next to Kraft in transforming him into a Patriots fan

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