|Rob Gronkowski has fun at Providence Patriots rally, including sharing thoughts on Roger Goodell||02.07.17 at 6:27 pm ET|
Rob Gronkowski had himself a Tuesday.
After enjoying himself at the parade through Boston, Gronkowski was part of the group that went to Providence and the Dunkin Donuts Center for a rally there later in the afternoon.
Gronkowski took to the microphone and asked the crowd what they think of Roger Goodell and then before they could answer he booed himself.
— Scott Sullivan (@SullyBunz) February 7, 2017
Rob Gronkowski took over the microphone at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday following the Patriots’ parade through Boston and in doing so claimed he would be on the field the next time the Patriots make the Super Bowl.
Gronkowski of course was placed on injured reserve in early December after needing back surgery.
“What’s up, Boston? Want to know something? When we get six, your boy right here is going to be part of six, baby,” Gronkowski said to the crowd. “This team worked so hard to be where they’re at. I love these guys so much.
“I know I wasn’t part of playing in the game, but, please, I love being a part of this team, and this is just so amazing.”
Before reaching City Hall, it appeared the tight end enjoyed himself along the parade route.
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|Rob Gronkowski: Bill Belichick and I are similar because we both love the beach||02.04.17 at 12:17 pm ET|
HOUSTON — On Friday afternoon on Radio Row, Rob Gronkowski did a short Q&A session with fans sponsored by TD Ameritrade. There weren’t too many hard-hitting football questions, though.
The tight end, who is on injured reserve after having back surgery in December, was walking fine and seemed to be feeling good.
One of the questions was how he and Bill Belichick are similar despite their different personalities.
“I really haven’t seen him outside of football that much, but whenever I do, whenever I see pictures of him he’s always out on the beach, or fishing,” Gronkowski said. “I like going to the beach, too. I like doing little activities like that so I would say we’re similar in that way — we both love the beach.”
Gronkowski also talked about Tom Brady and how it doesn’t seem like the quarterback will be retiring any time soon.
“I’m around Tom Brady all the time and he talks about playing forever,” he said. “How can I retire before Brady?”
Local reporters attempted to speak to him afterwards, but he had a busy schedule and couldn’t stop to talk.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 3, 2017
|Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski dominate video game ‘For Honor’ on Conan O’Brien||02.03.17 at 1:36 pm ET|
The last time the Patriots were in the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski took on Marshawn Lynch in “Mortal Combat X” on Conan O’Brien’s “Clueless Gamer” segment and it was hilarious.
This year’s edition maybe doesn’t quite live up to that, but it’s still very good. This time Tom Brady takes on Conan and Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney in “For Honor” and proves that he is just as much of a winner in video games as he is in football, dispatching both opponents in violent fashion.
The best part, however, is Gronkowski and Lynch returning for a rematch, which Gronkowski wins to cap off the Patriots’ video game dominance. LeGarrette Blount and Erin Andrews make guest appearances as well.
|5 mostly Patriots-related thoughts on Sunday’s divisional playoff action: If you don’t have an elite QB, you’re out of luck||01.16.17 at 12:05 am ET|
1. So the NFL’s Final Four is set, with the Packers meeting the Falcons in the Georgia Dome Sunday at 3:05 p.m., and the Patriots and Steelers squaring off at 6:40 in Foxboro. In the NFC, it’ll be a four seed (Green Bay) and a two seed (Atlanta), while the No. 1 seed in the AFC (New England) will host the third seed (Pittsburgh). But more importantly, it’s simply the latest reminder that in a quarterback-driven league, if you don’t have a signal-caller who stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field, you’re pretty much going to be out of luck. It’s hard to look at this group of quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisbeger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan — and not include them in some sort of combination of the NFL’s top 5 QBs, at least at this point. (What does it say about the field that the guy who now appears to be the odds’ on favorite to win the MVP has the thinnest resume of the bunch?) Anyway, keep that in mind when the next round of team-building commences shortly after the end of the postseason. (Oh, and for what it’s worth, I’d still be shocked if Roger Goodell was in Foxboro this weekend. That dude is headed straight back to Atlanta.)
2. These quotes from Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler will be fun to revisit this week. Prior to the October game between the two teams in Pittsburgh, Butler was interviewed for the “Coordinators Corner” podcast on the Steelers’ team website, and was asked about Brady and Bill Belichick and if they study harder than other teams, or if they’re doing something special? “I don’t think they’re doing anything special,” Butler said, via MassLive.com. “I think they do things outside the box sometimes, you know, that might be on the edge of being legal or not legal. They’ve done a couple of things in the past — putting an offensive tackle out as ineligible but he’s not really. Sometimes the emphasis by the NFL in terms of what they call and what they don’t call, [the Patriots] use that a little bit. They’ve been accused of doing a lot of things. But the thing we’ve got to do is ignore that and play.”
For what it’s worth, Brady has faced the Pittsburgh defense twice since Butler took over as defensive coordinator prior to the start of the 2015 season:
9/10/15 in Foxboro: 25-for-32 for 288 yards with four touchdowns, no picks and two sacks in a 28-21 win
10/23/16 in Pittsburgh: 19-for-26 for 222 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-16 win
3. Travis Kelce wants to be Rob Gronkowski the same way that Bon Jovi wants to be Bruce Springsteen. The Kansas City tight end was underwhelming on the big stage Sunday night against the Steelers, committing a dopey penalty while finishing with five catches for 77 yards in the loss. On a night where the Chiefs needed Kelce to be a difference-maker, he and the rest of the Kansas City offense came up short. Consider this NSFW locker room video of Kelce a fitting postscript to the season:
Kelce goes off on refs pic.twitter.com/QJMLB82Nqb
— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) January 16, 2017
4. The Steelers are a far more appetizing opponent for the Patriots to consider than the Chiefs for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the fact that Pittsburgh does a better job stirring the emotion in the New England fan base than Kansas City. Who can get upset with Kansas City? It’s Andy Reid in a big red jacket. Meanwhile, the Steelers are still worthy of a spot among the Patriots’ chief rivals. There’s so much terrific history to consider between these two teams. The names and faces have changed along the way, but this week promises to be a lot more fun — at least from a hype-driven perspective — than last week against the Texans.
5. We covered our feelings about Rodgers and the Packers’ wild win over the Cowboys here, but it’s safe to say, the NFC title game should be a compelling contest in the Georgia Dome. Can Ryan rise to the challenge and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in his career? Can Rodgers keep his remarkable streak rolling? From this viewpoint, we’re in completely uncharted waters when it comes to Rodgers and what he’s doing. Despite the fact that they’re on the road, our first inclination is to go with the Packers. No one else has been able to slow down Green Bay quarterback over the last month-plus. Why should Atlanta be any different?
|Rob Gronkowski gives update on injured back||01.09.17 at 10:41 pm ET|
Things appear to be going well for Rob Gronkowski.
The tight end posted a video on Bleacher Report’s “Uninterrupted” account Monday night where he talked about hanging out with his friend “Goon,” as well as how his back his doing following surgery just over a month ago.
“What’s up, everyone? Out here driving Goon in his hometown,” Gronkowski said in the video. “He’s super famous now because he rode a bull over the weekend. I am his new driver, he’s paying me about 10 bucks an hour. He’s the best driver ever.
“Hopefully all is going well. I started my rehab last week. Everything is going super smooth. Feeling good, can’t wait to be back. Playoffs are going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait to watch the team go out there and ball.
“Hanging with my little brother, driving him around too. ‘Hey, Glenn, say hi.’ We jammin’ out to the music while driving around Bobby Goons in his hometown. He’s too famous now. Talk to you later.”
Gronkowski last played in a game Nov. 28 when he left after the first quarter against the Jets.
Everything appears to be going well and he reportedly will be ready for the Patriots’ offseason program.
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|Video evidence that even in high school, Rob Gronkowski was a beast who was crazy good at football||01.04.17 at 12:22 pm ET|
High school highlights should always be taken with a grain of salt, but this newly-unearthed video of Rob Gronkowski as a high schooler just flat-out mauling opponents is nuts. No Gronk spikes, but still plenty of amazing action of Gronkowski as a teenager.
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