Joe Monatana and Aeneas Williams selfie. Joe Monatana and Aeneas Williams selfie. Joe Montana and Aeneas Williams pose with Israeli football players during their visit to the country. (Photo: Facebook)

NFL Hall of Famers go on a Mediterranean vacation together

The football legends banded together with Robert Kraft to help promote the sport in Israel.

When putting together your NFL "dream team," it's unlikely you'd be able to outdo the one Robert Kraft recently assembled.

Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, just took a group of NFL legends to Israel last week that would be the envy of any fantasy football team owner.

Former San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Joe Montana, former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, former Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk and former Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith were among the former starts who tagged along to meet some of the 2,000 active players in Israel’s various leagues and to learn about the growth of the sport in the country.

NFL greats posing together in Israel.Robert Kraft with a stellar group of NFL greats. (Photo: Facebook)

This isn't the first time Kraft has put his energies into connecting NFL royalty with Israeli sport culture. In 2015 he organized a similar excursion that included 19 Hall of Famers in all, including former New England Patriots and New York Jets running back Curtis Martin and former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas.

"A lot of guys learned a lot about Israel and the people that they really had no idea of the culture,” Montana told Israeli media. “While we came here on a mission for American football, I think we take home a lot more than we bring."

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach in Israel.Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach greets Israeli football players during a recent trip to the country. (Photo: Facebook)

In Israel, football lags behind basketball and soccer in popularity, but along with baseball, the sport has seen an uptick in the country in recent years.

This growth has been spurred on by greater access to the sport and concerted efforts made by figures such as Kraft. The Patriots owner helped build a football stadium in the country.

The entire Hall of Fame delegation consisted of Lem Barney, Jerome Bettis, Jim Brown, Chris Carter, Dave Casper, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Joe Greene, Willie Lanier, Joe Montana, Andre Reed, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith, John Stallworth, Roger Staubach, Andre Tippett, Aeneas Williams and Ron Yary.


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NFL Hall of Famers go on a Mediterranean vacation together
18 NFL Hall of Famers, including Joe Montana, Roger Staubach and Jerome Bettis, along with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, visited Israel.