Kraft Family Patriots Plane to Transport 76 Health Care Workers to Super Bowl 55

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2021

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is transporting 76 vaccinated health care workers to Super Bowl LV for Sunday's matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter: 

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The same team plane the Kraft family used to deliver over a million masks from China last April will transport 76 vaccinated healthcare “super” heroes from New England to Tampa for Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Vaccinations make that possible. A great full-circle story. https://t.co/burYifhZUR

The NFL announced in January it would be hosting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers for this year's Super Bowl.

"These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings."

On Monday, Tampa's Rob Gronkowski informed four local health care workers they'd be attending the big game:

Super Bowl LV will take place on Sunday 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.