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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman lauded as 'a fighter'

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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman lauded as 'a fighter'

Julian Edelman, one of the great storytellers in the Patriots' locker room, was mostly humble and deferential in his post-game reflections after taking home Super Bowl MVP honors.

At the podium, asked if he'd thought of a celebratory drink yet, the wide receiver laughed, "I'll take a water, thanks", as a staffer handed him a bottle of Aquafina.

On the ESPN set with former teammate Randy Moss, asked by the recently-inducted Hall of Famer to take us through his journey from college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP, Edelman didn't miss the opportunity to tell a story in his best impression of Moss' unmistakably distinct West Virginia accent.

But it is often said that with injuries, the body recovers before the mind does -- and few would know better than him. Asked to reflect on his journey back from having his 2018 season wiped out before it even started, on the bench all season with an ACL tear suffered in the preseason, Edelman reiterated how grateful it is to be back in this shape.

"Injuries are psychologically so hard for an athlete, because you don’t get to do what you love to do," Edelman said at his post-game press conference. "And when your team's out there playing in the Super Bowl, and you don’t get to help or be of favor, it was definitely very tough. But I worked at it this year so we’re good."

And to that, quarterback Tom Brady couldn't be any happier for his favorite target, who became the first wide receiver in a decade to win Super Bowl MVP after catching 10 passes for 141 yards in the 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Edelman passed the immortal Michael Irvin in postseason receiving yards in these playoffs, and now only trails the equally immortal Jerry Rice in postseason yards and receptions.

Brady and Edelman shared a long embrace in the post-game pandemonium on the field. Asked about the conversation, Brady said, "I told him he played his best game all year. I’m so proud of him, what he’s accomplished coming back from his ACL [injury]. He just fought it out, grinned it out like everybody else."

And why, Tom, does Edelman rise to the occasions so well?

"He always does. He’s a fighter, man. He’s . . . I’m just so proud of him. He’s been an incredible player for this team, and the playoffs. He just cemented himself again in the history of the NFL for what his accomplishments are."

Edelman was equally deferential when asked about his relationship with Brady.

"He’s like a brother," Edelman said. "He’s helped me so much. He’s been a huge part mentally, just coaching me up and just through his actions and how he is as a football player, as a professional, as a father and as a family man. It's an honor to get to play with guy like that. He's got six Super Bowls now, so that’s pretty insane."

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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.