Benjamin Hoffman and Ken Belson New York Times News Service, March 24, 2019 Rob Gronkowski, the dominant tight end who helped lead the New England Patriots to three Super Bowl titles in nine seasons while cultivating a goofy, frat boy persona off the field, announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday. In an Instagram post, Gronkowski, 29, widely considered one of the most talented tight ends to ever play, thanked the team and its fans for drafting his “silliness” back in 2010 and acknowledged the uncertainty of what will come next for him. “Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be,” he said. “But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life.” Gronkowski did not say why he was retiring, nor what he planned to do … [Read more...] about What’s next for Rob Gronkowski?
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Associated Press Published 7:34 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 Boston — With cheers of “We want seven!” and “Next year, right here!” hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans jammed downtown Boston on Tuesday for a parade celebrating the New England Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl title. A party atmosphere enveloped the city on the unseasonably mild day. Red, white and blue confetti rained down and music blared as fans packed along sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the beloved team. It’s a familiar feeling in Boston. The city’s teams have now won twelve championships since 2001. Just four months ago, the city feted the Red Sox for their World Series victory over another Los Angeles team, the Dodgers. Boston resident Tom Collins was beaming as he took in the spectacle across from the city’s historic Common, his ticket from this year’s Super Bowl dangling from a lanyard around … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s NFL: Patriots get rowdy during yet another Super Bowl parade
FOXBOROUGH — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he’s feeling healthy ahead of New England’s divisional matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Gronkowski, who battled ankle and back woes for much of the year, has steered clear of the injury report through two practices this week. After bouncing on and off the report throughout the bulk of the regular season, Gronkowski has been limited in just two practices dating back to Week 14. He is hopeful that trend continues. “It’s the biggest game of the year,’’ Gronkowski said Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “Sunday at 1 o’clock.’’ Though he’s officially considered to be healthy, Gronkowski has largely been neutralized as an offensive threat over the Patriots’ last three games. He hauled in a combined four catches on 10 targets for 45 yards against the Steelers, Bills, and Jets. Gronkowski acknowledged the mental challenge in getting past the … [Read more...] about Patriots notebook: Rob Gronkowski hitting the reset button for playoffs
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 5:29 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn addressed the season's tight-end situation, and the failure to acquire a top-line player at the position, in his end of the season briefing with the media on Friday. Simply? It just didn't work out in the Lions' favor. In March, Quinn cut Eric Ebron, who caught 13 touchdown passes for the Indianapolis Colts on his way to the Pro Bowl. Quinn attempted to acquire Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots via trade, but Gronkowski refused and threatened to retire. And he never filled the position with an elite-level player. “I wouldn’t say miscalculation,” Quinn said. “… Back in March, we talked to basically every tight end on the free-agent market and tried to get those guys here. Some we were close on and some we weren’t. Some got paid an exorbitant amount of money that didn’t really produce this year, so we made a run at … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Bob Quinn: Made run at TEs, nothing worked out
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:25 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 Allen Park – The Detroit Lions had Eric Ebron under contract and let him go. He scored 14 touchdowns for the Indianapolis Colts this season. The Lions tried to swing a deal for Rob Gronkowski, but the four-time All-Pro wanted nothing to do with that and reportedly threatened to retire. In the end, the Lions settled on Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo, a pair of free agents on one-year deals, to go with Michael Roberts, a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 who caught four passes as a rookie. And it still went worse than expected. The trio combined for 42 catches, 450 yards and four touchdowns. This wasn’t how general manager Bob Quinn anticipated things going down when he cut Ebron in March, as opposed to paying the former first-round pick an $8.25 million salary for the 2018 season. “I’ll give you guys a little bit of background on the whole tight end situation,” Quinn said during his … [Read more...] about After letting Eric Ebron walk, Detroit Lions’ efforts to land top tight end fell short