NFL Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Opens New Jerusalem Sports Campus

Inaugurating new fields, Patriots' Kraft puts Jerusalem football in end zone

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in Israel, promoting football with 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "As a native New Englander, that's easier said than done, but I am doing my best to put the matter behind me". "They're afraid to come here really and the fact that I was coming made it comfortable".

"We have 2,000 players around the country now", American Football in Israel President Steve Leibowitz said.

Goodell traveled to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the Kraft Family Sports Complex on Tuesday. "I mean, I don't think the game has ever been safer than it is now", Kraft said, via the Associated Press.

That might be true: The NFL has changed in several ways - ranging from limiting contact practices in the offseason to mandating that players with concussions be removed from games to cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits - that are meant to make football safer than it was in decades past.

Bettis added: "Being in Israel has changed our lives".

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They called the tour Touchdown Israel Two.

The group of National Football League legends was there as part of a goodwill trip to Israel arranged by Kraft, who kicked off the meeting by handing Netanyahu a helmet and saying, "There are a lot of good quarterbacks in this room but none of them have the skills you do".

"For our players, your names and accomplishments are truly legendary and inspiring".

"The Kraft Family Sports Campus allows me to invest in two things that I have always been very passionate about: My love of Israel and my support for youth athletics and team sports, especially American football", said Kraft. "The sport is still in its infancy in this country but we are making progress ... our goal is to become the third-largest sport in Israel". He credited Kraft and Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer for gathering together a collection of football stars rarely seen in America, let alone elsewhere in the world. "It gives a lot of exposure to football in Israel so that people know that it exists", he said.

"I play two-hand touch every Shabbat with, like, 10 other boys", said Eliana. "Football is just a way to do it, to get your aggression out, but I think it is great to have football here in Israel".

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