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Jets CEO gives great response to Patriots' Rob Gronkowski retiring

Jets CEO gives great response to Patriots' Rob Gronkowski retiring

New England Patriots fans are in a pretty sad mood Monday as they come to the realization they will (probably) never see Rob Gronkowski play for their favorite team ever again.

For fans, players and executives of rival NFL teams, however, Gronkowski announcing his retirement Sunday was something to be celebrated for the simple fact it makes the Patriots more beatable.

The NFL Owners Meetings are underway in Arizona, where New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson gave his reaction to Gronkowski's retirement decision.

“Look it, it’s obviously good news for the Jets because he’s an amazing player,” Johnson said, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. “To take a step back, I’m going to miss him as a player because he’s absolutely magnificent. If you ever play the game like I do of if I could steal that player off that team, he’s one of the top players I’ve always wished was a Jet. Just an extraordinary man and extraordinary player.”

Gronkowski played 15 career games against the Jets in the regular season and the Patriots had a record of 12-3 over that span. He also caught 65 passes for 818 yards and nine touchdowns in those 15 games. 

We're going to imagine the Jets and their fans are happy to see Gronkowski say goodbye to pro football. That said, it's still hard to envision the Jets challenging their rival for AFC East supremacy anytime soon.

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

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Tom E. Curran's week-by-week breakdown of 2019 Patriots schedule

For months, we've known which opponents the Patriots would face in 2019. But we had to wait until Wednesday to find out when every game would slot into their 16-game schedule.

The defending champions will open on Sunday, September 8 against the Steelers, and their schedule includes five primetime games.

But between the intriguing matchups, the most challenging games, and the games that are basically glorified bye weeks, Tom E. Curran takes a week-by-week look at what's ahead for New England in its Super Bowl defense.

Click here for Curran's take on the 2019 schedule.>>>>

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Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

Patriots get rousing ovation from TD Garden crowd at Celtics game

The Patriots were in the house for Celtics-Pacers Game 2 on Wednesday night.

More specifically it was Bill Belichick, Julian Edelman, Duron Harmon, and both Devin and Jason McCourty in attendance to see the C's in action. As you would expect, the TD Garden crowd gave their Super Bowl champs a loud ovation.

The Celtics look to follow in the Patriots' footsteps and continue the trend of bringing parades to Boston.

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