The Texas Rangers (the law-enforcement guys, not the baseball guys) and the Houston Police Department are already on the lookout for Tom Brady's Super Bowl LI jersey. In fact, there's been a reward offered for anyone who can provide information on where the Patriots quarterback's historic No. 12 might be.
There may be another valuable piece of memorabilia floating around out there as well, it seems.
Joining The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, James White explained that he wasn't exactly sure where the football used to score the game-winning touchdown had gone. Maybe, White thought, Patriots equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld had it somewhere.
"I actually don’t know what I did with it," he said with a laugh. "I left it on the ground and started running. Hopefully Dave has it for me in the equipment room . . . I wasn’t thinking in that moment. I was too busy sprinting down the field."
White did say he was able to keep the ball from the first of his three touchdowns in the game. The ball from his second score, which helped the Patriots tie the game, ended up being spiked into God-knows-where. The third, it seems, was left right at the goal line when the celebration began.
White said Brady told him he wanted to give him the car that typically goes to the MVP -- that's what he did when Malcolm Butler made the Super Bowl-winning pick two years ago -- but it turns out cars aren't given to MVPs any longer.
Rob Gronkowski is just days removed from one of the strangest press conferences in the history of Gillette Stadium. First he said he wasn't sure if he was playing for the Patriots in 2018, then he said he wasn't sure when he would decide, then he said he'd be a "freek-a-leek" when he comes back . . .
On Tuesday he washed away any uncertainty about his future with one Instagram post.
"I met with coach today," he wrote, "and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run."
Staying consistent with his social-media posts from this offseason, Gronkowski finished off the caption with "#bandsamakeherdance."
During Gronkowski's Monster Energy appearance on Saturday, he said he did not plan to attend optional Patriots workouts. It remains to be seen as to whether or not Bill Belichick, during their meeting, encouraged him to be present for those moving forward this offseason.
Even if Gronkowski doesn't work out at Gillette with his teammates before mandatory minicamp, it seems as though if there was any friction between the tight end and the coach, that has been smoothed over to the point that Gronkowski is comortable announcing publicly that he'll be in New England for next season.
More to come . . .
There was more breaking Patriots news this afternoon.
This time it was related to Gronkowski, and a health scare.
But it wasn't the Gronkowski that plays for the New England Patriots.
So it is unfortunately confirmed that Rob Gronkowski's horse will not be competing in the Kentucky Derby.
The 3-year-old colt named after Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had a “minor setback,’’ according to trainer Jeremy Noseda when he spoke to The Racing Post.
Gronkowski was unbeaten in starts, earning his place in the Kentucky Derby field.