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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski among several current, former Patriots planning on attending Kentucky Derby 04.24.17 at 12:06 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

The Kentucky Derby will once again have several current and former Patriots in attendance.

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the premier gala at the Derby, has released its celebrity guest list. Some notables include: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo.

Brady has been attending the event for years and it appears he will be linking up with some old teammates and good friends.

Other celebrities on the list include Bill Belichick’s good friend Kid Rock, Tracy Morgan, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers.

The Derby is set for May 6.

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Tom Brady reportedly doesn’t attend 1st day of Patriots offseason workout program, other stars do 04.17.17 at 8:51 pm ET
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Tom Brady reportedly wasn't at the Patriots' offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady reportedly wasn’t at the Patriots’ offseason workout program Monday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Monday marked the official start of the Patriots offseason workout program. While they are voluntary, typically many stars attend.

One star who wasn’t in attendance Monday was quarterback Tom Brady, this according to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran.

But don’t worry, he will be there Tuesday, as he’s returning from a family vacation. Also not in attendance was Malcolm Butler, but he couldn’t attend even if he wanted to since he hasn’t signed his first-round tender.

There were several key players in attendance, though.

Courtesy of a Patriots.com video, we were able to spot Rob Gronkowski, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman James White, among many others. The workouts center around strength and conditioning and coaches cannot be present, just the strength and conditioning ones.

This is Phase One of the offseason program.

For more information on the nine-week program, click here.

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How Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski are helping University of Alabama offense 04.06.17 at 1:21 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady have FaceTime'd with Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady have FaceTimed with Alabama QB Jalen Hurts. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

It appears new Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is taking some of the Patriots offense with him, as the former New England tight ends coach was hired this offseason.

In fact, Daboll is using Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski to help his players learn some plays.

According to ESPN, the two Patriots players have FaceTimed with quarterback Jalen Hurts and Daboll.

“We’re running some of the same stuff they’ve ran, so he’ll call Tom Brady and ask him what his top five plays are,” Hurts said. “It’s cool because we’re running the same plays he’s ran.”

Still having relationships with Brady and Gronkowski shows how well respected Daboll was with the Patriots.

Right after taking the job, Daboll met with his new quarterback and has immediately earned his respect.

“He came by to visit one day, and he was kind of telling me what his intentions were, how he did things, and he kind of told me his history and what he’s done,” Hurts said. “I think we’ve built a really good relationship in a short time.”

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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski steal show during pregame ceremony at Fenway Park 04.03.17 at 2:10 pm ET
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As usual, when a Boston sports team wins a championship they get honored by other teams in the city.

For Opening Day at Fenway Park it was the Patriots’ turn, as they were honored for winning Super Bowl LI. Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, James White and Dion Lewis each carried one of the five Lombardi trophies in from the outfield.

Brady had each of his Super Bowl jerseys that were stolen and he proudly displayed them to the crowd. As Brady was showing it off on the mound, Gronkowski swiped it from him and Brady chased him down, tackling him in shallow right field.

The quarterback then threw out the first pitch to Dustin Pedroia and all five members of the organization yelled, “Play ball.”

Here some of the aforementioned highlights in video form.

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Patriots reportedly OK’d Rob Gronkowski’s WrestleMania appearance at 12:47 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski made his WrestleMania debut in Orlando Sunday.  (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports

Rob Gronkowski made his WrestleMania debut in Orlando Sunday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports

The Patriots reportedly weren’t surprised to see Rob Gronkowski enter the ring and throw a shoulder block at WWE’s WrestleMania Sunday.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the team gave Gronkowski permission to appear at the event in Orlando. The tight end interfered during a match on behalf of his real-life friend, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley.

Paragraph 3 of the standard player contract says players can’t participate in non-football activities that involve a “significant risk of personal injury” without getting it green-lit. Though Gronkowski didn’t appear to exert a lot of physical energy during his WrestleMania cameo, taking part in a wrestling event would seem to qualify as an activity that poses substantial injury risk. He was smart to follow protocol.

Gronkowski, who’s four months removed from his third back surgery since 2009, has caught some heat for his appearance. But apparently, it didn’t faze the Patriots.

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Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’ll be ready to roll when [the] offseason program starts’ at 9:52 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski expects to be good to go for the Patriots' offseason program. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Rob Gronkowski expects to be good to go for the Patriots’ offseason program. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Patriots fans certainly held their breath Sunday night when Rob Gronkowski was a full participant in WrestleMania, but speaking to ESPN before the event Gronkowski said he expects to be full go when the team’s offseason program kicks off on April 17 with the offseason conditioning program.

“I’m feeling great. I’m good to go,” Gronkowski said. “It’s been about four months now [since back surgery]. Just been back with the team a lot during the week, doing my rehab with the trainers there. I’m feeling good. I’ll be ready to roll when [the] offseason program starts. Super excited to get back on the field.”

The tight end said seeing his teammates win the Super Bowl motivated him even more to get healthy and back on the field.

“Definitely,” he said. “Just being there supporting the guys, it was unbelievable. They worked super hard. And it was just awesome to be a part of it. But definitely motivates me to get back out on the field. Just seeing how hard they worked, all the efforts they put in, being part of it just makes me want to keep grinding, keep on going and been I’ve definitely hit the rehab hard. And I’m going to make sure when I hit that field this year I’m super ready to go. So definitely motivated me big time to get back out there, so we can get out there with the boys and do it again.”

Gronkowski played in just eight games last season, catching 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns.

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Rob Gronkowski’s back looks just fine as he goes all out at WrestleMania 04.02.17 at 6:39 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski had a third back surgery just a few months ago, but it appears he’s either fully recovered or very close to it.

Gronkowski was in attendance at WrestleMania in Orlando Sunday night where he got involved in the action.

Take a look.

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