While current NFL players enter the quietest stretch of the calendar year, 18 former NFL greats have started a busy week overseas.
They started the program immediately after hopping off the jet following an 11-hour flight to Tel Aviv. It didn't take long for them to realize the true impact American football has had on Israel. After dinner on night one, legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown was greeted at the hotel to the tune of two enthusiastic passersby screaming, "It's Jim Brown! It's Jim Brown!"
Said Greene: "She caught me by surprise. I was not expecting that! It was very special."
The Gold Jackets will participate in various programs throughout the week while engaging with Israeli fans and youth players. The hope is to inspire future generations to love and appreciate the game of football while developing and abiding by five important values for the rest of their lives: commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence.
Throughout his days with the Patriots, Kraft has been known for his commitment to promoting the game of football. In February, he donated $6 million for the creation of Israel's first American football stadium. On Friday, youth players demonstrated their skills in front of Kraft in a series of four scrimmages, each of which spanned one quarter in length.
Cris Carter and Jerome Bettis were among the honorary captains and coaches during the scrimmages. With five days still left on their adventure, Carter, Bettis and the rest of the Hall of Famers will continue to delight and encourage the foreign fans.