Editor’s note: Each day during the week of Dec. 31, NESN.com will feature content based on key events from Robert Kraft’s tenure as owner of the Patriots. “Krafting a Legacy” will examine how the Patriots got to where they are today following Kraft’s purchase of the team.
Fan first. Owner second.
That’s how one could reasonably describe Robert Kraft, who owned Patriots season tickets since 1971 before eventually becoming much more involved with the team financially. Kraft’s fandom dates back to the Pats’ days playing in the AFL, in fact, so it’s obvious why he would want to further immerse himself in the organization upon obtaining his fortunes.
Still, Kraft’s purchase of the (at-the-time struggling) franchise required a huge leap of faith by the Brookline, Mass., native.
The key to being a good business owner often is the ability to separate business and pleasure. While one must be passionate about his endeavors, he must also possess the ability to make key decisions — decisions us...