Kraft: Still Love Welker And Carroll, But ‘Hard To Root For Anybody’

January 31, 2014 2:22 PM
Kraft: Still Love Welker And Carroll, But ‘Hard To Root For Anybody’
" BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is in New York for Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he’s still disappointed it won’t be his team competing for the Lombardi Trophy.

“You’re still heartsick,” Kraft told CBS This Morning on Friday.

Instead, Kraft will have to watch as the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks battle for NFLĀ supremacy. He wouldn’t say who he would be rooting for when the game kicks off on Sunday, only that he has a couple former friends on both teams.

“I have people on both sides. I love Wes Welker, and I’ve hired two coaches in my career; Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. I get torn, but to be honest, it’s hard to root for anybody when you’re in my position,” said Kraft.

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Carroll took over as New England’s head coach when Bill Parcells bolted for the Jets in 1997, and led the team to a 27-21 regular season record and two playoff appearances in his three seasons at the helm. Carroll was dismissed after an 8-8 season in 1999, but Kraft still has high praise for the first head coach he ever hired "

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