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Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski press conference: Ex-Patriot partners with CBD company

Rob Gronkowski's "next chapter" has been revealed -- and it actually has something to do with sports.

At a press conference Tuesday in New York, the retired New England Patriots tight end announced a partnership with CBDMedic, a subsidiary of Abacus Health Solutions that produces a line of Cannabidiol-based pain relief medications.

"I decided to walk away from the game for one main reason: I had to recover," Gronkowski said during his press conference. "That's why you haven't seen me in five months. I've been rebuilding myself and finding a new way."

CBD is a banned substance in the NFL, but Gronkowski insisted the substance has helped him recover from the pain he suffered through during his nine-year NFL career. Gronkowski also wants to be an advocate for getting CBD approved in major professional sports so other athletes can benefit from the substance.

"I'm here today to appeal to the sports governing bodies of the world to update their position on CBD, whether that's the NBA, MLB or NFL," Gronkowski said. "It's just time."

Gronkowski made his partnership with CBDMedic official on social media shortly after the press conference.

The 30-year-old also left the door open for an NFL comeback during an emotional Q&A session, but his current focus will be on this business venture with CBDMedic.

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Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

Beau Allen, Dalton Keene have amazing Patriots headshot photos

The New England Patriots unveiled their 2020 player headshots on Monday, and it was the newcomers who stole the show with their photos.

We finally got our first official look at Cam Newton in a Patriots uniform, but that wasn't even the highlight. Defensive tackle Beau Allen and rookie tight end Dalton Keene have the best headshots of the bunch, and it isn't even close.

Just check out the photos below, shared by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:


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Incredible.

Allen was signed to a two-year deal worth $8 million in March. The 28-year-old appeared in 13 games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tallying 0.5 sacks and 10 total tackles. He's spent six seasons in the NFL, four with Philly and two with Tampa. With his amazing headshot, he's definitely given another reason why he could become a fan favorite this season.

As for Keene, the Virginia Tech product was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 21-year-old could have a big role for the Patriots in 2020, especially with tight end Matt LaCosse deciding to opt out of the season. He could also help out at fullback with Danny Vitale opting out as well.

Here's the first official photo of Cam Newton in a Patriots jersey

Here's the first official photo of Cam Newton in a Patriots jersey

The New England Patriots shared 2020 player headshots on Monday, which means we finally got to see what Cam Newton looks like in Pats colors.

Here's how the ex-Carolina Panthers quarterback looks in his new Patriots jersey.

After nine years of watching Newton in Carolina, that sight will take some getting used to.

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Newton has been active on social media with hype videos as well as photos and videos of workouts with his new Pats teammates. He'll get to participate in his first official Patriots practice on Aug. 12.

To check out all of the Patriots' headshots, you can visit Patriots.com here.