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Patriots Billionaire Owner Robert Kraft Gifts Musical Icon Elton John a Symbol of New England’s Legacy

Published 07/30/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

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This week, the Foxborough natives were in for a treat. The Gillette Stadium became the host to a once-in-a-lifetime event. Rock and roll legend Elton John was in Massachusetts to deliver his final stage performances. But New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had an appropriate token of love for the Rocketman before his final Gillette gig.

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Sir Elton John is on his farewell Yellow Brick Road ‘The Final Tour.’ As a part of his tour, Sir John performed at several iconic stadiums, and Gillette Stadium was among them. He delivered a stellar performance in front of a sold-out Foxborough crowd. Moreover, the moment was a remarkable one. The musical icon will never perform at the Patriots’ home stadium again — unless he pulls a Tom Brady.


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Elton John hits the tour in North America for one last time, and his performance at Gillette Stadium becomes extra special. Fortunately, Robert Kraft had the ideal gift to accompany the iconic moment. He recognized John’s final performance by offering him some New England Patriots collectibles.

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Sir Elton received a personalized game ball from Robert Kraft. It said ‘Sir Elton John’ and had the logo of his grand tour on it. Kraft also gave him an autographed white vintage ‘Pat the Patriot’ style Patriots helmet.


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The New England Patriots on Twitter share the Kodak moment with both entities sharing a smile. The caption goes, “A gift for the [rocket] man.” Moreover, Kraft appears to have personally written a note to the singer on the helmet. For Elton John, the gifts may hold immense significance.

Elton John was once a part of the New England Patriots


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Both Robert Kraft and Elton John have a storied history, and their friendship goes long back. Kraft and John are both considered all-time classics in their relevant positions. In fact, the rock and roll legend is a New England Patriots enthusiast. His interest in a horde of sports and owning a sports management company makes it a no-brainer.

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However, that is not just it. Sir Elton’s friendship with Kraft once earned him the honorary captaincy of the New England Patriots. It happened when the franchise went against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in 2009. Undeniably, Robert Kraft had a beautiful token of love for someone who called him his ‘best friends in the whole wide world.’

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He began writing while working for an online news portal and holds a Master's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Although Pavitra enjoys watching WWE, Gronk and Brady turned him into an NFL aficionado.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial