Robert Kraft won't make Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, but a former Patriots exec could

Robert Kraft won't make Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, but a former Patriots exec could

A one-time expansion of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class to celebrate the NFL's 100th anniversary was thought to give Patriots owner Robert Kraft a good shot at being enshrined in Canton in the summer of 2020.

Didn't happen.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

The Hall of Fame announced its finalists for the "Centennial Slate" of candidates this week and while Kraft didn't make it, a former Patriots executive did. 

Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, who served for 36 years (1971-2007) as Patriots player personnel director, general manager and vice president and drafted such Pats greats as John Hannah, Steve Grogan, Russ Francis and Mike Haynes, is among the finalists.

Kilroy also was an All-Pro in a 13-year playing career as a two-way lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the front offices of the Eagles, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. 

Kraft could face discipline from the NFL after his solicitation of prostitution case is resolved in Florida. 

Fifteen of the "Centennial Slate" Finalists - 10 Senior nominees, three contributors and two coaches - will be part of the expanded class that will also include the usual five "Modern Era" players. Last year, former Patriots cornerback Ty Law was inducted and former Pats defensive lineman Richard Seymour was a Modern Era finalist, but did not get in.

Seymour is again among the semifinalists for induction in 2020 and is expected to be among the 15 finalists announced on Jan. 2. 

Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Donald Trump's connection with Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots goes way back.

The U.S. President and Patriots owner have run in the same social circles for many years and are good friends, while Tom Brady has been golf buddies with Trump for years and once showed support with a "MAGA" hat in his locker.

On Monday night, Trump and Kraft added to their public relationship, even as Kraft has largely kept a low profile amid being charged with soliciting prostitution in February. Kraft sat at the same table as President Trump as the Trump administration met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, for a dinner in Washington, D.C.

According to The New York Times, Trump is eager to do business in Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. To court the oil-rich nation, Trump invited more than 40 American business leaders, including Kraft, to Washington. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Blues radio broadcast zings Robert Kraft over cameo at Bruins' Game 1

Blues radio broadcast zings Robert Kraft over cameo at Bruins' Game 1

There's a chance Robert Kraft may have his charges of soliciting prostitution dropped. But the court of public opinion won't let him off so easily.

The New England Patriots owner showed his face Monday night at TD Garden to cheer on the Boston Bruins in their Game 1 win over the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final.

As Kraft received a warm ovation from the Boston crowd, Chris Kerber, the Blues' play-by-play announcer for St. Louis' KMOX radio station, threw in this nice little quip (via ESPN's Keith Olbermann):

"They just showed Patriots owner Robert Kraft (on) the video board . . . I guess there are some videos he doesn't mind being a part of."

We see what he did there.

The context for that joke: There's allegedly video evidence of Kraft exchanging cash for sexual favors at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., that his legal team is working aggressively to ensure never sees the light of day.

So far, Kraft's lawyers have succeeded, as a judge recently granted the Patriots owner's motion to suppress video evidence on the grounds it was obtained illegally.

Prosecutors will appeal that ruling this fall, but in the meantime, Kraft seems perfectly fine being a man about town, even if he takes some snark in the process.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.