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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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
COMMENTARY Nobody has had more presumed last gasps than the New England Patriots. That’s bound to happen when you have a 41-year-old quarterback, a gimpy Hall of Fame tight end, and an extended run of success that keeps outsiders hoping there’s a change of the guard on the postseason horizon. As it stands though, the window has been “closing” for what seems like a decade now. Albert Breer is the latest to sound the warning horn on MMQB, speaking with a number of NFL executives who discuss why the crossroads is — finally? — looming for the Patriots. It’s a pretty gloomy outlook for the future of the franchise while taking a realistic stance on the team’s confluence of problems in not having a backup plan to Tom Brady, a broken-down Rob Gronkowski, and a drafting report card that is somewhere in the realm of incomplete as it stands now for Bill Belichick. The sky isn’t falling. Not for a team that heads into this weekend as the No. 2 … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Vikings game
The Celtics and Bruins both play at 7:30 p.m. tonight, with the Celtics hosting the Knicks while the Bruins face the Red Wings in Detroit. Rob Gronkowski was the subject of a strong take from a New York writer: Jets and NFL reporter Manish Mehta, who writes for the New York Daily News, delivered a string of strong accusations about the decline of Rob Gronkowski in his recent column. “He is a decrepit version of his former indestructible self, a beaten and battered prized fighter who looks sad and lost,” Mehta wrote about Gronkowski in his opening sentence. And he continued to pillory Gronkowski throughout the lengthy piece. “Alas, that Gronk is gone,” Mehta wrote of the Patriots’ tight end’s past success, “replaced by this prideful, wobbly 6-6, 268-pound dude plodding along like some tip-calculator-carrying resident of Del Boca Vista. His body is 29 going on 92. Watching him run around on the few fall Sundays that he’s actually available … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: New York sports writer says Rob Gronkowski looks ‘sad and lost’
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 5:36 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 I was wrong. The Detroit Lions were wrong. Heck, all of Detroit was wrong. And for that, I offer this apology to former Lions tight end Eric Ebron. We all got it wrong about you. We thought you were drop prone and not worth the salary the Lions were paying you. We thought you were all talk and no walk. We. Were. Wrong. The Lions dropped Ebron like a bad habit in March and now he’s playing like a Pro Bowler for the Indianapolis Colts. He has 10 total touchdowns. His nine TD catches lead NFL tight ends and he trails only Antonio Brown for total TD catches. His 463 receiving yards are sixth most among tight ends. So, from the bottom of my heart, on behalf of Lions fans, the team’s decision-makers and all the fine citizens of Detroit, I apologize to Ebron. Mea culpa. We a culpa. Sunday was the capper. It was almost too much to bear. As the Lions were getting their teeth kicked in against the Chicago … [Read more...] about We all owe ex-Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron an apology