New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says lives were changed after he sponsored a trip to Israel where Hall of Fame football players were baptized in the Jordan River.

Kraft, 74, paid for the trip called, “Touchdown in Israel: Mission of Excellence” where 19 Hall of Famers were invited to participate in community events, witness the country’s latest technological advancements and take part in spiritual rituals.

“I don’t think there’s a better place that you can bring people no matter what their faith might be,” Kraftsaid in a statement. “They come here and their lives are changed.”

About a dozen Hall of Famers were baptized in the same Jordan River where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist centuries ago. Chris Doleman, the Minnesota Vikings pro football Hall of Famer, said the experience was the highlight of his trip.

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