Patriots' Kraft auctioning Super Bowl LI ring for charity in All-In Challenge

Patriots ring

Patriots ring

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Sunday that he is putting up his Super Bowl LI ring for charity to support the All-In Challenge, an effort hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars to help feed those in need.

Kraft promised to pick up whoever wins the auction in the Patriots team plane, and he will give the ring to them in person in the Patriots trophy room at Gillette Stadium.

"What could I do that would be special?"

The Patriots Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons is a comeback story for the ages, and Kraft said that it reminds him of the moment we're collectively in now. "And I've been thinking about it for weeks", Kraft said in a video posted Sunday.

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"And I thought about what is going on at this time and wanted to give something of extreme value in support of our health care workers". It sort of brought me back to our fifth Super Bowl when two minutes to go in the third quarter.

Kraft chose the ring from Super Bowl LI because of what it represented: Patriots overcoming the greatest of odds to score an unlikely win on the grandest stage of all. "We're the greatest country in the world with the greatest people who feel a sense of team and work together in the toughest of times".

Hosted by Fanatics (Fanatics owner Michael Rubin launched the endeavor), the opening bid for Kraft's ring was $75,000, but was up to $330,000 at the last recorded bid overnight, according to the website.

The All-In Challenge is an online fundraising tool where actors, athletes, singers, and more celebrities offer up items or experiences in an auction or giveaway for charity amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The auction will end on May 14.

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