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Patriots owner Robert Kraft raises $1.025 million for charity by auctioning off his Super Bowl 51 ring

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The New England Patriots have been actively supporting communities during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and team owner Robert Kraft took another step to do good when he decided auction off his Super Bowl 51 ring from the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons as part of the “All-In Challenge” initiated by the founder of Fanatics, Michael Rubin. On Thursday, the ring was officially sold for $1.025 million.

All of the proceeds, as was announced by the Patriots, will be going to directly charity and benefit Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and the No Kid Hungry initiative.

“What could I do that would be special? I’ve been thinking about it for weeks,” Kraft said in a video message shared at the time of the announcement. “I finally thought about our Super Bowl experience in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. With two-and-a-half minutes left in the third period, we were down 28-3 and had a 0.4 percent chance of winning — 99.6 percent chance to lose. And we came back, and we won.”

“And I thought about what is going on at this time and wanted to give something of extreme value in support of our health care workers. So I thought it would be good to give this ring, our fifth Super Bowl win [...] because it showed how we came back,” the Patriots’ owner continued. “We’re the greatest country in the world, with the greatest people, who feel a sense of team and work together in the toughest times.”

Kraft and his organizations have shown their philanthropic side regularly since the Coronavirus outbreak hit the United States. Not only did the Patriots provide their team plane to help deliver 1.2 million protective masks to Massachusetts, they also teamed up with the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation to distribute over two million meals to families affected by the pandemic. Furthermore, numerous players have also participated in charitable events and helped raise money, or provided food or medical supplies directly.