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Rob Gronkowski's morning routine after retiring from Patriots is peak Gronk

Rob Gronkowski's morning routine after retiring from Patriots is peak Gronk

Rob Gronkowski officially isn't returning to the New England Patriots this season.

The retired NFL tight end is still a fitness freak, though. So, how does a 6-foot-6 physical specimen start his days knowing he's not playing football at the highest level?

Gronkowski shared his morning routine Wednesday during an interview with "The TJ Show" on 103.3 AMP Radio -- and it couldn't be more on-brand.

"I love getting my day going by moving my body," Gronkowski said. "I actually have a trampoline -- they call it a ‘Rebounder,' the mini trampoline, you know what I am talking about? 

" ... The first thing I do is a couple of stretches to get my hips moving a bit, and then I just jump up and down sometimes just to get my blood moving."

What better way for a fun-loving man-child to start his day than by jumping on a trampoline?

The former Patriot actually cut back on traditional weight-lifting while he was still playing, adopting quarterback Tom Brady's "TB12 Method" to focus on pliability through resistance band exercises and stretching.

Gronkowski still does those workouts, but now that he doesn't have to maintain a playing weight, he's also dabbling in more relaxing forms of exercise.

"When I don’t do my workouts or any type of movement, what I also love is to just go for a walk in nature to start my day," he said. "I have a couple little different techniques, like either jump on the trampoline, (do) jumping jacks, go for a walk in nature or go right into my workout.

"Depending on the day and depending on what I have, you just feel so much better. You feel so much more motivated, and I feel like your mind is so much more clear when you do get that movement in the morning."

Gronk does seem to have a clear mind in retirement; he's keeping himself busy with jobs as a CBD spokesman, NFL on FOX analyst and CBS game show host.

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Eminem name-drops Tom Brady on his just-released album

Eminem name-drops Tom Brady on his just-released album

Tom Brady appears to have a kindred spirit as his career continues into his 40s.

Eminem name-drops TB12 on the track "Premonition" off the album "Music To Be Murdered By" which he released on Friday.

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The song takes on the critics of the 47-year-old rapper from Detroit and compares the critiques he gets to ones leveled at LeBron James, 35, and the Patriots quarterback, who'll turn 43 in August. 

Here's part of the song:

“Revival flopped, came back and I scared the crap out ‘em

But Rolling Stone stars, I get two and a half outta

Five, and I’ll laugh out loud

‘Cause that’s what they gave BAD back in the day

Which actually made me not feel as bad now, ‘cause

If it happened to James

It can happen to Shady

They do the same [expletive] to Brady

More people hate me than love me

This game will make you go crazy.”

It's not Eminem's first reference to Brady in one of his songs. In 2013's "Baby", he raps, "I'm what Tom Brady is to the Patriots of rap. Not a man, a weapon."

And it's just the latest Brady reference that has dotted hip-hop and rap since the mid-2000s when the QB led the Pats to the second and third of the six Super Bowl titles they've won. Other artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane and Kanye West have referenced him as a symbol of excellence. 

Brady told the Boston Globe last year before the Super Bowl he appreciates it.

 “That’s always really cool,” Brady said. “I’m a big fan of so many of those guys. I have a lot of friends [in music] that I’ve met over the years that are fans of what we do, too...I think that mutual appreciation or admiration is really flattering.”

Aaron Rodgers describes how 'Belichick effect' has impacted the NFL

Aaron Rodgers describes how 'Belichick effect' has impacted the NFL

The Green Bay Packers are preparing for a battle the San Francisco 49ers on the NFL's championship Sunday. The two will square off in the NFC Championship for the right to advance to the Super Bowl.

While Aaron Rodgers and his teammates are doing what they can to be ready for the game, they still aren't exactly sure what to expect from the 49ers.

And Rodgers credited Bill Belichick's influence for that.

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Rodgers explained in a post-practice interview that not knowing what to expect from opposing defenses is something that has been popularized over the course of the past five years. And he called the defense's ability to change up week to week "the Belichick effect".

"I think that’s the NFL in the last five years, especially, it’s kind of the Belichick effect where teams are more reluctant to really try and scheme up opponents instead of relying on their base defense," Rodgers said to reporters.

"There’s less and less teams like the Lovie Smith Bears defenses over the years that say ‘Hey, screw it, we’re going to play four-man front, play Tampa-2 the entire game and make you go the whole field, and strip the ball and tackle securely and stop the run with a six-man, seven-man front.’

"There’s more teams that are scheming specifically up for teams. I think the tough part is it might be different than you saw on film. The drawback from that is a lot of these teams are used to playing coverages they’re not used to playing, they’re not super-comfortable playing, they don’t have a lot of reps in and that can cause some confusion at times."

Rodgers hit the nail on the head as the NFL's best defenses have become more versatile and game plan-dependent in recent seasons. Having multiple defensive looks is essential to success in the modern NFL and Belichick's ability to adjust week in and week out played a big role in kicking off the trend.

Though the Patriots won't have a chance to out scheme anyone on the defensive side of the ball until next season, they can be thankful that they have a forward-thinking coach at the helm. His ability to adjust on defense as well as Josh McDaniels' ability to change the Patriots offense look to match their best weapons have helped to make the team difficult to figure out.

And that's a big part of the reason that they have been able to make multiple deep postseason runs in recent seasons.

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