Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent a letter to the family of Max Steinberg, a soldier killed in the Gaza Strip two weeks ago.
Steinberg was an American volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces who “worked to become an Israeli in every way,”according to a letter from Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The 24-year-old Californian was killed in a July 20 attack on his armored personal carrier, according to the Jerusalem Post. An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral.
Here’s the full text of Kraft’s letter:
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you after having learned about your dear son and distinguished member of the Israel Defense Forces, Max. Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing your son Max personally, I have taken the liberty of reaching out to you since I noticed him wearing a New England Patriots cap in one of the broadcasted photos. He represents the consummate patriot and I am forever grateful for the sacrifices he made to keep our beloved Israel safe. His dedication and loyalty to Israel have not gone unnoticed and I am sure he has left behind a legacy of which you and your family can be proud.
On behalf of the entire New England Patriots team, please accept our most sincere condolences as we are all profoundly saddened by his untimely passing.
We are all Patriots
With love of our tradition and the people of Eretz Israel.
Kraft, who is Jewish, has focused some of his philanthropy on Israel, starting the Israeli Football League and the Passport to Israel program with his late wife, Myra.