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Belichick on Gronkowski: Not the best time to make career decisions

Belichick on Gronkowski: Not the best time to make career decisions

MINNEAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick knows as well as anyone what the aftermath of a Super Bowl is like. Between his time with the Giants and the Patriots, he's coached in 11, which amounts to 21.2 percent of all Super Bowls and 34.4 percent of Super Bowls since his first in 1986.

It's emotional. Players, coaches and staff members start to reflect. But, in Belichick's opinion, it's not the best time to make any significant career choices.

Asked on Monday's conference call about tight end Rob Gronkowski, who did not totally shoot down the possibility of retirement after losing Super Bowl 52 to the Eagles, Belichick preached patience.

"At the end of every season, every person goes through somewhat of process at the end of the season and then the following season," Belichick said. "I think everyone that's involved in an NFL season, you get pretty drained, especially after a season like this. You go through the end-of-the-year process and the following year is the following year.

"It's the same for everybody. I certainly can't speak for anyone else. You'd have to ask any individual about their particular situation, but I would say five minutes after the game or the day after the game is not really the best time to make those decisions."

When it was posed to him that a rumor was swirling that he may retire, Gronkowski said on Sunday night: "I don’t know how you heard that but I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I'm going to sit down the next couple weeks and see where I'm at."

Kyrie Irving, Tom Brady on list of ESPN's most famous athletes

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Kyrie Irving, Tom Brady on list of ESPN's most famous athletes

ESPN posted its annual list of the 100 most famous athletes Tuesday, a study that combines how often they're searched online, how much they make in endorsements and what their following is on social media. 

As such, Tom Brady, whose social media presence is rather limited, was not the most famous Boston athlete. He was one of only two players currently on Boston teams to show up on the list. Kyrie Irving ranked No. 27, while Brady came in at No. 38. 

Isaiah Thomas, now a free agent and two teams removed from his Celtics days, ranked 92nd. 

The top five, in order, consisted of Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Roger Federer. 
 

Report: Brady, Gronk at TB12 despite skipping OTAs

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Report: Brady, Gronk at TB12 despite skipping OTAs

We can rule out travel for the reason as to why Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have been missing OTAs. 

According to the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 Monday, which is located at Patriot Place right next to Gillette Stadium. 

Brady's absence from OTAs is notable, as the quarterback has not only gone to them in years past, but stressed their importance as it relates to preparing for the season. The two skipping out on OTAs does little to quell concerns about rifts between the Patriots and their star players.