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Patriots owner Robert Kraft on donating his Super Bowl 51 ring for charity: ‘We’re going to come back and the ring epitomizes that’

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Despite the current health emergency created by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, and the uncertainty it created all over the country over the past few weeks, New England Patriots owner Kraft and his organizations have been active in trying to support communities in this time of need.

The Patriots provided their team plane to help deliver 1.2 million protective masks to Massachusetts, for example, and also teamed up with the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation to distribute over two million meals to families affected by the pandemic. Just recently, Kraft donated his personal Super Bowl ring from New England’s comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons three years ago.

As part of the “All-In Challenge” initiated by the founder of sports retailer Fanatics, Michael Rubin, the ring was officially sold for $1.025 million. On Tuesday, Kraft spoke about this gesture during an appearance on FOX News.

“That one is pretty special,” the 78-year-old said about the meaning of the ring he donated. “And, you know, I have a good friend, Michael Rubin, who started the ‘All-In Challenge’ and he said, try to come up with something special that could garner a lot of support. I thought about our fifth Super Bowl, when we were down 28-3 with two minutes to go in the third period and had 0.4 [percent] chance of winning the game, and 99.6 to lose.”

“And we came back and it was a great victory,” he said about the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win. “And in some ways, I feel the mood of our country is a little down now. We’re still the greatest country in the world. We’re going to come back, and so I think that our ring epitomizes that.”

Kraft also added that the ring was bought by a Patriots fan who wishes to remain anonymous at the moment, but that he hopes the buyer will come public at one point in the future.

Including the money raised via the Super Bowl ring, the fundraiser has now generated over $51 million in donations, according to its website, that will be used to support Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and the No Kid Hungry initiative.