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Rob Gronkowski retires from Patriots with amazing list of NFL records

Rob Gronkowski retires from Patriots with amazing list of NFL records

It's time to fire up the debate: Is Rob Gronkowski the greatest tight end in NFL history?

The New England Patriots star announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, leaving a huge hole in the team's offense. Gronk wasn't the same dominant pass-catcher in 2018 that we have seen in recent seasons, but he still was able to come up clutch when needed -- look no further than Super Bowl LIII.

Gronkowski leaves pro football as arguably the best tight end ever to play. Some people will argue Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates, and if Gronkowski didn't miss so many games with injuries, he might have  posted the same career stats as those two legends and others.

Still, Gronkowski exits with a lengthy and most impressive list of NFL records. Check them all out in the tweet below:

Few players have a list of records that long. This kind of résumé is only seen from the best to every play the game. 

Would anyone be shocked if Gronkowski came back late in the 2019 season or in time for another deep playoff run? Even if he doesn't, his stats make an extremely strong case for a first-ballot Hall of Fame honor in the near future.

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Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady shares heartfelt message for his parents on their 50th anniversary

Tom Brady took a break from the humorous social media posts to share something more sentimental on Friday.

Brady wrote a heartfelt message on Instagram for his parents on their 50th anniversary. In the post, Brady explains the core values he's learned from his mother and father.

50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. 
Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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50 years ago today, my mom and dad were married and began the journey to start their own family. The strength of their marriage has always been an inspiration and the best example to me and my sisters of what true love, respect and commitment mean. Life always has its ups and downs and their togetherness in good and bad taught us teamwork. Their trust, love and dedication as parents taught us how to become the parents we are today. They have always put our family first and instilled in us the values they were taught from their parents, which we now carry on and teach our own kids. They have always encouraged us to attain milestones and we’re honored to celebrate this one they’ve achieved. We love you so much, mom and dad. Happy anniversary!!!

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

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Prototypical Patriots: Looking at the future for interior of offensive line?

One of the more unheralded positions of strength on the Patriots has been the interior of their offensive line.

Put dependable guys like David Andrews, Joe Thuney, and Shaq Mason under the leadership of one of the best positional coaches in the game — Dante Scarnecchia — and that's unquestionably a recipe for success.

But that triumvirate isn't going to be around forever (Thuney is set to hit free agency in 2020), and at some point, the Patriots have to plan for the future of the position.

Could this be the year that Bill Belichick looks for a succession plan in the Draft?

If so, Phil Perry has broken down which candidates in the draft pool fit the criteria that past Patriots linemen have exhibited.

Here are Phil's Prototypical Patriots for the interior of the offensive line.>>>>

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