Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 12/1/11

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20: Robert Kraft, team owner of the New England Patriots addresses the fans as he receives the Lamar Hunt AFC Championship trophy from CBS announcer Jim Nantz against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The embrace between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Colts center Jeff Saturday turned out to be a symbolic moment of the conclusion of the NFL lockout. From an on-field standpoint, their organizations were rivals. From a business perspective, they needed one another as key cogs who needed to come together to end the work stoppage, even though the two sides -- the owners and players as a whole -- struggled to see eye to eye throughout large chunks of the process. Kraft and Saturday each had a heavy hand for their respective sides as they worked toward...

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