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Robert Kraft takes shot at Jets in presenting Bill Belichick with game ball

Robert Kraft takes shot at Jets in presenting Bill Belichick with game ball

FOXBORO — Robert Kraft is almost always in the Patriots locker room after wins to congratulate his team. He was there again on Sunday night, but his most recent postgame visit was unique.

Bill Belichick had just recorded his 300th win as a head coach, placing him in the rarest of air among the most successful coaches in league history. The Patriots owner wanted to commemorate the moment by giving Belichick a game ball.

"We don't give game balls out without it being a special milestone," Kraft said. "Sept. 8, 1991 the man on my left came to Foxboro to coach the Cleveland Browns against the New England Patriots and won his first game as a head coach. Twenty eight years later, coming back to this same location and winning his 300th game — only the third man in history of the 100 years in the NFL to do that. I'm happy as we all are that 263 of those 300 have been as coach of the New England Patriots."

Before handing the pigskin over — one that looked well-worn and drenched from the sloppy conditions in Foxboro during New England's 27-13 win — Kraft couldn't help but take a shot at the team that Belichick left in order to work for Kraft back in 2000.

"And I'm especially happy," Kraft continued, "that 299 was against the New York Jets. Congratulations."

With that, both Kraft and Belichick beamed.

The rivalry may be lopsided, with the Patriots bludgeoning the Jets in their most recent matchup on Monday Night Football last week. But two decades and 263 wins later, it survives.

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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.

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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.