Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft received the George Halas Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
Kraft is the 43rd Halas Award winner and the first NFL owner and first member of the Patriots' franchise to receive the award. The Halas Award is given to a "NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed."
Last summer, Kraft's wife, Myra, died on July 20, 2011. He spent the summer going back and forth, caring for his wife and taking part in the labor negotiations. Five days after his wife's passing, Kraft was on hand to announce the 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment, allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out, and without him this deal does not get done," then-Colts C Jeff Saturday said during the CBA announcement almost a year ago. "I don’t want to be climactic in any way, but he is a man who helped us save football, and we are so gracious for that. We’re gracious for his family and for the opportunity he presented to get this deal done.”