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Generally speaking, it's tough to see sports team owners as sympathetic figures. Many are either absentee landlords, camera-hogging loudmouths, or low-rent dictators in various stages of their own private Steinbrenner complexes. Robert Kraft is a different breed of cat. Since Kraft purchased the New England Patriots in 1994, the season ticket holder since 1971 helped assemble and has presided over one of the most consistently successful athletic organizations in the world. Since 1994, the Patriots have had just two losing seasons, and one of them came in 2000, when Bill Belichick was asked to remake the franchise. Belichick's 139-53 record in the regular season — and 15-6 mark in the playoffs — is a testament to how that journey has gone. Still, the successes are not what define Kraft. Indianapolis Colts center and NFLPA rep Jeff Saturday hugged Kraft at the end of the 2011 lockout as a gesture of friendship and sympathy. It was a reaction to the passing of Kraft's wife...
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