Gronk buys 'substantial stake' in Gronkowski the horse

Gronk buys 'substantial stake' in Gronkowski the horse

When will we see Gronk back in action?

Try May 5 in the Kentucky Derby. The thoroughbred named Gronkowski is a Derby hopeful and the Patriots tight end has acquired "a substantial stake" in his namesake. 

"We are very excited to have this talented racehorse running in the Derby and to have Rob Gronkowski join our team," Tom Ludt of Phoenix Thoroughbreds said in a statement. "His involvement only adds to our growing credentials worldwide and can help us introduce the best of horse racing to a whole new audience."

Gronkowski the horse is based in England with trainer Jeremy Noseda and has received a Derby invite after earning the most points in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

The Gronk Nation website reports that the Patriots tight end and his entourage will be at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the race.

Here's Gronk's thoughts, via Gronk Nation, on his namesake 3-year-old colt: 

“This horse is a winner and I love a winner. When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He’s won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby. I’m all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!"

“I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class thoroughbred named after me,” Rob added. “Except maybe having him win the Derby.”

 

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Giardi: Teammates say Brady's playing in 2018

Giardi: Teammates say Brady's playing in 2018

If Tom Brady is indeed uncertain about playing in 2018, then why is he continuing his normal offseason workout routine and getting together with teammates for a passing camp?

Amid speculation after ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Tom E. Curran's reporting that those close to Brady are unsure if he'll keep playing, Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reports that Brady is preparing to get together with some of his teammates at his offseason passing camp in Montana.

Brady has just returned from a trip to Qatar and has missed the opening days of the Patriots voluntary offseason team activities in Foxboro.

Former Patriots QB Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub said on his "Zolak and Bertrand" show Wednesday that tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has also been contemplating retirement, will join Brady at the Montana passing camp. 

A philosophical Instagram post from Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, who has reportedly been pushing for the quarterback to retire, adds further fuel to the speculation surrounding Brady.

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Light, Seymour, Vrabel finalists for Patriots Hall

Light, Seymour, Vrabel finalists for Patriots Hall

Offensive lineman Matt Light, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and linebacker Mike Vrabel, three cornerstones of the Patriots' first three Super Bowl title teams, are this year's finalists for induction into the team's Hall of Fame.

Fans can vote for one of the three to be this year's inductee at patriots.com/2018hof through May 14. The Patriots will announce the selection that week.  

Light is a first-time finalist, Seymour a finalist for the second year in a row and Vrabel for the third year in a row. The enshrinement ceremony for the 27th inductee into the Hall at Patriot Place in Foxboro will be held this summer outside the Hall at a date and time to be announced.

Light spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots, anchored the offensive line at left tackle and protected Tom Brady’s blind side for more than a decade. The three-time Pro Bowl selection joined  Brady (8), Cornelius Bennett, John Elway and Charles Haley as the only players to start in at least five Super Bowls.

Seymour spent the first eight seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Patriots. He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls with the Patriots (2002-06) and was a four-time first team All-Pro.

Vrabel, named coach of the Houston Texans this offseason, joined the Patriots as a free agent in 2001 and played eight years in New England. He started at inside and outside linebacker and regularly lined up on offense in short-yardage and goal-line situations, catching 10 passes, including touchdowns receptions in two Super Bowl victories.

Click here for NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran's thoughts on the logjam of present and future candidates for the team's Hall.

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