National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, grinned for the cameras Wednesday afternoon at the dedication of a new playground in Brighton.
To toast the return of football season, the NFL teamed up with the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots to complete acts of community service for NFL Kickoff Community Build. The Patriots and NFL worked with Boston-based youth organization Bridge Over Troubled Waters to make the new playground a reality. BOTW Executive Director Elisabeth Jackson was on hand to oversee the work.
Three former Patriots players — Brent Williams, Steve Nelson, and Rick Cash — helped build the playground with volunteers from Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Afterward, Goodell and Kraft spoke to the crowd of volunteers and thanked them for all their hard work. They then hung a plaque on a fence surrounding the playground. The plaque reads: “This playground was donated by the National Football League and the New England Patriots so kids can be kids!”
Post-Deflategate and in light of the rather charged relationship between Goodell and Patriots Nation, the NFL commissioner’s act of community service made some feel a bit conflicted. But, hey, it was a nice thing for the neighborhood.
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Not your biggest fan...but ok, Roger. Doing something nice for the kids. pic.twitter.com/pMXs5slhKE— Mikey C (@McStag) September 6, 2017