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Patriots honor passing of Stephen Hawking, who once met Robert Kraft (pic)

The New England Patriots have taken to Twitter to honor the memory of Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist who passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. Interestingly, the Patriots and Hawking have previously crossed paths, so the tribute was not as strange as it may seem.

Hawking met Patriots owner Robert Kraft back in 2016. The iconic scientist was in Boston for a lecture at Harvard regarding black holes. The Patriots owner presented Hawking with a wholly original custom team jersey, which is highlighted in Wednesday’s tweeted tribute.

In an apropos change, the jersey presented to Hawking featured the symbol for Pi as opposed to a more traditional number typically worn.

It goes without saying that Hawking led a truly remarkable life. After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — in 1963, Hawking was given only years at most to live. Overcoming such obstacles to have such a profound impact on science only further enhances how his unparalleled legacy will live on for generations.