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Ex-Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski on Retiring “I Was Not in a Good Place”

Ex-Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski became emotional Tuesday morning when describing his decision to retire from the NFL in March, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“I want to be clear to my fans. I needed to recover. I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life,” Gronkowski said, fighting back tears.

Gronkowski’s remarks came at an announcement that he will be an advocate for players to be allowed to use CBD products for pain relief. He left the door open to possibly un-retire, saying, “physically, I could play right now” but added he is not there mentally.

Gronkowski detailed how he sustained a quad injury in Super Bowl LIII, and he knew that he was retiring after that.

“I got done with the game and I could barely walk,” he said. “I slept five minutes that night. I couldn’t even think. I was in tears in my bed after a Super Bowl victory. It didn’t make that much sense to me. And then, for four weeks, I couldn’t even sleep for more than 20 minutes a night. I was like, ‘Damn, this sucks.’ It didn’t feel good.

“It was one of the biggest, deepest thigh bruises I’ve ever gotten,” he added, noting it led to significant internal bleeding.

Gronkowski was 29 when he retired, the same age as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who shocked the NFL on Saturday by retiring because of the toll injuries have taken on his body. Gronkowski said he felt empathy for Luck.

Gronkowski told those in attendance in New York that he’s in a better place now and “very satisfied with where I am in life now.”

“I truly believe going through those tough times, nine years — off the field, on the field — has brought me to this point and I believe I’m on the right path in my life,” he said.

Patriots Center David Andrews Sidelined with a Blood Clot

The Patriots could be without their starting center for some time, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

David Andrews has been hospitalized with a blood clot in his lungs and his season could be in jeopardy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed. The Athletic first reported the news.

Since signing with New England as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, Andrews has been an integral part of Tom Brady’s offensive line. Andrews has played in 71 games and started in 66, including the postseason. He was Brady’s snapper for New England’s last three Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl victories.

Andrews doesn’t have much of an injury history. New England signed the starter to a three-year, $9 million extension through 2020 in May 2017. He is set to earn around $3.1 million in 2019.

Behind Andrews on New England’s depth chart is Ted Karras, a fourth-year guard out of Illinois with 45 games played and five starts under his belt. Expected to fill in at center, Karras will be flanked to his left by Isaiah Wynn and Joe Thuney and to his right by Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon.

What Brady’s Two Year Contract Extension Means For Him

Tom Brady, 42 year old quarterback for the New England Patriots, has recently made international headlines following the recent events following the star player signing a 2 year extension on his current contract for the Patriots. Apart from playing at NoviBet, UK fans have avidly been watching the events transpire and many are wondering what this extension could mean for Brady and the Patriots. Here is what we know so far.

The famed quarterback has won 6 Super Bowls with New England making him a prized asset. However, having recently just celebrated his 42nd birthday, many are wondering if the Patriots have made the right move by giving Brady a 2 year extension. Thankfully the Patriots have put any doubt to rest by granting the extension after it was made public Brady planned on playing for the Patriots into his mid-forties.

The famous American football star is raking in an estimated $70 million in the extension which will see him through until the end of the 2021 season. Needless to say, fans are ecstatic about the deal as they have an additional two years to look forward to watching Brady on the field doing what he does best.

Although it was known that Brady and the Patriots were in discussion about a deal, it was never publicly announced. Now that the cat is out of the bag, everybody has their point of view on the deal which has had the tabloids abuzz with the news trying to spark controversy.

Despite not being at the height of his career, the quarterback was voted as the sixth best player in the league by his NFL peers as he took his team to victory in the beginning of the year. The win marked his second victory in just three years.

Robert Kraft, the head of the Patriots, told the media that he expected Brady to be the teams quarterback for the duration of the signing agreement and then went on to say that he expected Brady to be with the patriots for quite some time to come. This would seem to make Brady’s wishes come true after publicly announcing he planned to play well into his mid-forties giving him at least another five to six years on the field.

For those who had questions for Brady, he told them that the situation he found himself in was a unique one. He has played for 20 years with the same team and yet, he still felt it a unique situation referring to it as ‘uncharted territory for everybody’.

Experts had a few things to say about the matter and one even put concerns to rest as he stated the deal can be adjusted annually dependent on how Brady performs. According to expert sources the Patriots have never given out a deal like this one, which could only mean Brady is a bigger asset than those in doubt know.

Only time will tell how the future will treat the relationship between the Patriots and Tom Brady, but the majority of football supporters are behind the deal back Brady all the way.

Video: Highlights of the Patriots 31-3 Week One Preseason Win Over the Lions

The New England Patriots take on the Detroit Lions during Week 1 of the 2019 NFL preseason.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Patriots Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC East.

As everyone would expect, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots are sitting at the top with a mark of 13-3, and once again are one of the top forces in the AFC.

Behind them are the New York Jets and new coach Adam Gase, who they say will be an over .500 team with a mark of 9-7.

The Bills and second-year QB Josh Allen will finish in third winning five games and going 5-11. Coming in last is the Miami Dolphins, who will have one of the toughest seasons in the league and will finish 2-14 according to the company.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Speak for Yourself – ‘The Patriot Way’ Created Tom Brady, it Can Also Push Him Out

LaVar Arrington and T. J. Houshmandzadeh join Jason Whitlock and Marcellus Wiley to discuss If Tom Brady would be ‘ok’ if it were his last season on the New England Patriots.

Hear why Whitlock believes ‘the Patriot Way’ created Brady, and can also push him out.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon Officially Applies for Reinstatement

Josh Gordon is hopeful to be able to play in the NFL again, and took the first step in the process Wednesday according to ESPN.

The report says that the Pats wide receiver has officially filed for reinstatement.

The decision on if Gordon can return to the league or not will come down to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. He also will decide the time table for Gordon to be back.

Any decision would be based on whether Gordon has adhered to whatever treatment plan he is in.

The receiver was suspended on the 20th of December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy, missing the Patriots’ final two regular-season games and all three playoff games.

Last season Gordon pulled in 40 catches for New England for 720 yards and three scores after being traded from the Browns.

Gordon signed his restricted free-agent tender in April, meaning that if he is reinstated, he would be under contract with the Patriots for 2019 and scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.025 million.

Patriots Rookie QB Jarrett Stidham Impressing in Camp

Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham went 8-for-8 Tuesday to cap a day where Tom Brady struggled in live team drills aside from a spectacular 30-yard touchdown to Phillip Dorsett.

Through 10 practices, Stidham’s completion percentage in those periods is 10 points higher than Brady’s: 68 percent to 58. But any conversation about quarterback succession is entirely premature, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

But calling Stidham one of the early stars of New England’s training camp is almost overdue. Thursday’s preseason opener will mark two weeks since the Patriots first hit the field, and perhaps no one has shown more growth than Stidham.

“He could always really sling it. Now he’s grown as a QB, not staring down receivers,” Moore said. “He’s making it tougher on safeties.”

Added Dorsett: “He’s getting more comfortable. He has a live arm, can make any throw. I like Jarrett. It’s the National Football League, and he’s young. Coming in here is tough. A lot of stuff gets thrown at you really fast and changes on the move, so you have to be able to adjust. He’s doing all right.”

“He’s got good command. It’s tough being a quarterback on any team, especially on our offense,” running back James White said. “There’s a lot you have to know. He’s trying to put the work in, trying to learn as much as possible, and all of the young guys and us veterans are trying to make him feel comfortable and make some plays for him.”

As teammates have attempted to provide comfort, Stidham’s coaches have knowingly been compounding his problems.

Bill Belichick noted Tuesday that the first 10 practices of training camp are often the most difficult because of how the Patriots schedule daily installations of their offensive and defensive systems. Grasping one playbook would be hard enough, but for a rookie quarterback like Stidham, his plate is full with both executing new offensive play-calls and deciphering an ever-expanding menu of defenses. And yet he hasn’t choked yet.

Stidham has instead gone from surviving hiccups in practice periods to thriving throughout them. He’s built upon the hard-throwing prospect who attracted New England in the draft process to become a developing NFL passer.