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Former Patriots FB Heath Evans shares great Tom Brady/Bill Belichick story

Former Patriots FB Heath Evans shares great Tom Brady/Bill Belichick story

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not afraid to deliver harsh criticism to his players when warranted, even when the player on the receiving end is superstar quarterback Tom Brady. 

Former Patriots fullback Heath Evans, who played for Belichick from 2005 through 2008, recently appeared as a guest on the "Your Mom's House" podcast and told a bunch of great stories from his days in New England. A few of them involved Belichick holding everyone accountable and how that process starts at the top with Brady.

“The best thing about Bill is, there’s not a whole lot of people that can ‘mother-(expletive)’ Tom Brady in a team meeting room," Evans said. "When you're in New England, if you’re the superstar, you get coached harder than everyone else. And if you're the 53rd man on the roster or maybe the 35th guy on the roster like I was, then you're going to be on this staggered scale of your level of accountability and how hard you get come down on because he knows, ultimately, me at the 35th man on the roster is going to follow Brady at No. 1 on the roster, so if Brady’s not challenged and he’s not working and he’s not held accountable then you create this level of inconsistency. And so that’s a gift in itself.”

Evans had a specific story from the famous 2007 season about Belichick not being afraid to rip Brady.

"I remember it was '07, we smoked a team by like 50 points and Bill comes in and he's mouthing off at Brady about something," Evans said. "I'm trying to remember how it started, but he was like 'If you weren't so worried about you and Gisele's next GQ Magazine, maybe, just maybe you wouldn't have thrown that interception. What is this Christmas, it's October, Brady. Christmas come early or something? I could go to Foxborough High and get someone to throw that ball better than you.' So he's just going at him, you know?"

Here's the story in video form:

https://twitter.com/ftbeard_17/status/1127676510565949440?s=21

This story from Evans is one of several that have surfaced about Belichick giving Brady a hard time in meetings.

Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett shared one on FOX Sports 1 show "First Things First" a few weeks ago, and he explained how Brady used his coach's criticism to fuel him to improve. 

Superstar players are not always welcoming of criticism, but Brady's ability to use critiques as motivation instead of letting them bother him is one of the many attributes of his greatness. 

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.