Among US sports, gridiron has also captured Elton’s imagination. He’s a huge fan of the Boston-based New England Patriots, owned by his friend Robert Kraft.
And like all good friends, he keeps in touch around special moments. None more so than when the “Pats” won the AFC title in January 2012, and Kraft was handed a cell phone as he spoke to reporters immediately after they had dramatically defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23-20.
Recently bereaved by the death of his wife Myra, a clearly emotional Kraft ended the personal call saying, “Thank you, your call means a great deal. I love you, man.”
He then told reporters, “Whether he’s in Dubai or wherever he is in the world, Elton watches our games. He’s a huge Patriots fan and been a good friend of our family for over 25 years.”
In recent years, the Pats have appeared in several Super Bowls, and Kraft recalls, “The first call I’ve had after each game is from the President of the United States. The second is from Elton John.”
The respect is mutual. Elton was named as the Pats’ Honorary Captain when they played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley, London, in 2009. The Pats crushed the Bucs 35-7 in that game, and when the team returned to Wembley in October 2012, went 10 points better against the St. Louis Rams, running out 45-7 winners.
Elton’s also played his part in the pageantry that precedes every Super Bowl, playing the lead role in the Pepsi commercial that preceded the 2012 clash, a match that featured his beloved Patriots.