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Jeff Saturday pays tribute to Bob and Myra Kraft

NFLPA Executive Committee Meet In Washington DC To Vote On New Labor Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (L) is embraced by Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday during a news conference on July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFL players and owners are set to agree on a labor deal and end the current lockout. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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During a stream of remarks from a variety of the key figures in the NFL-NFLPA* labor deal, Colts center Jeff Saturday paid special tribute to the Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his late wife, Myra Kraft, who passed last Wednesday.

Saturday praised Mr. Kraft for continuing to attend the meetings during the final days of his wife’s life, and Saturday praised Mrs. Kraft for allowing him to do it.

Saturday was unequivocal regarding Mr. Kraft’s role in the process.

“Without him, this deal does not get done,” Saturday said. “He is a man who helped us save football.”

Saturday and Mr. Kraft then embraced, and from that point forward we’ll never look at the rivalry between the Colts and the Patriots the same way.