HOUSTON -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft is hoping his team wins its fifth title Sunday, obviously. And if it can, he feels it'd be a great statement to those facing adversity.
His team, of course, had to overcome a four-game suspension issued to quarterback Tom Brady. Kraft has long insisted that Brady did nothing wrong during Deflategate and believed his punishment to be unfair. He used a brief meeting with reporters Thursday at the JW Marriott to once again remind everyone his stance on how the league handled his favorite player.
"I hope we can win this," Kraft said. "I think it'll also be a great statement to people pursuing their dreams that sometimes you get treated unfairly or things don't go your way. You just hang in there. You keep persevering and sometimes good things happen. But it doesn't mean anything if we don't win Sunday."
Kraft made it seem as though the journey his team has traveled -- enduring Brady's punishment in particular -- and coming out the other side with a chance at a Lombardi Trophy, might make a victory in Super Bowl LI that much sweeter.
"It'd be unbelievable . . . We've been in a position. We've gotten to this point, and we don't close the order. It's the worst feeling. It's sudden death in the playoffs. Hopefully we win and it carries for the whole year. If you don't, it also carries."