Over the last two decades, the New England Patriots have grown accustomed to using their team plane to fly themselves to the Super Bowl. This year, however, was an entirely different story as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2008 after finishing 7-9.
To make matters worse for Patriots fans, former quarterback Tom Brady, who departed in free agency last offseason, will be competing for his seventh championship after he helped the Buccaneers notch three consecutive victories after nabbing a wild card berth in the final week of the regular season.
As it turns out, however, the Patriots will play a prominent role in this year’s Super Bowl, as owner Robert Kraft has offered 76 healthcare workers an all-expenses paid trip to the big game. In an awesome tribute giving back to the fans, each worker will represent all six New England states.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft really outdid himself with his latest charitable act
This gesture is as good as it gets, but it amazingly didn’t mark the first time that Kraft used the team plane to help make healthcare workers’ lives easier during the pandemic. Last April, it went to China and brought back one million (!) n95 masks, which hospitals and other healthcare establishments were dangerously short on when COVID-19 reached its apex last year.
“Ten months later, it’s an honor for us to celebrate these healthcare workers by giving them a well-deserved break for a day and an opportunity to enjoy the Super Bowl, a reality that is only made possible because of the vaccines,” Kraft said in a statement.
“We hope that in doing so, others are also encouraged to get vaccinated as they are able. Once again, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of the healthcare heroes who have risked their well-being to ensure ours. They are truly superheroes to us.”
As if this storyline couldn’t get any more wholesome, Kraft took it upon himself to call each of the 76 workers to personally thank them for their sacrifices and continued heroic work and inform them of their upcoming surprise trip to the Super Bowl. The Patriots’ official Twitter account posted videos of the interactions, and they are guaranteed to make your day.
The NFL joined Kraft in helping healthcare workers get recognized in the wake of all the hardships they’ve endured treating the virus over the last year. The group of 76 will join some 7,500 other vaccinated heroes who were invited to Tampa Bay as guests by the league.
It goes without saying that stars like Brady and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are looked up to as heroes to fans, but the real heroes are the healthcare workers who’ve braved the front lines during the pandemic, and Kraft really did right to honor them with this incredible gesture.