Tom Brady visits Robert Kraft to praise late wife

Robert Kraft with Tom Brady and his son Benjamin at Kraft’s Brookline home.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Robert Kraft with Tom Brady and his son Benjamin at Kraft’s Brookline home.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his son Benjamin made a surprise appearance at the Brookline home of team owner Robert Kraft Tuesday night, to offer praise and congratulations to a group of Brandeis University students enrolled in a program named for Kraft’s late wife, Myra.

“[Myra Kraft] was a wonderful woman,” Brady told the students. “You guys should be really proud to be under her namesake.


“You guys are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Brady, as he held his 3-year-old son. “So you guys are going to be leading little boys like this and little girls like my little girl [Vivian].”

In June, Brandeis officials announced they would name the university’s Transitional Year Program in honor of Myra Kraft. The Kraft family donated $5 million to the program in her honor.

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The one-year academic program helps students who have shown determination to succeed academically, but due to a lack of resources or other reasons, are not fully prepared for college-level courses.

At the private ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Kraft told the students, “You’re in a very great environment,” he said. “You’re going to have a great opportunity to succeed, and I’m just so proud that all of you are going to bear my sweetheart’s name.”

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