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Tom Brady reacts to Rob Gronkowski being named to 'NFL 100 All-Time Team'

Tom Brady reacts to Rob Gronkowski being named to 'NFL 100 All-Time Team'

The NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and one of the ways its honoring the sport's greatest players is by revealing the "NFL 100 All-Time Team."

The latest position revealed on this team was tight end, and recently retired New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski was among the players named. 

Gronkowski arguably is the greatest tight end in league history. He tallied 521 receptions, 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Patriots, and he also consistently gave clutch performances in the playoffs.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had nothing but admiration for Gronkowski when asked during his Monday morning appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" about the legendary tight end making the all-time team.

"Gronk is another guy who's so deserving of everything that he's gotten," Brady said. "What a prestigious thing, 100 years of the NFL, so many great players -- for peers, coaches, media to think of you in that light. He earned it. He had a tough road and overcame a lot of things, a lot of adversity in his career, injuries.

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"I think showing his mental and physical toughness, his approach to the game, his leadership. What he did on a play by play basis -- he's as deserving as anyone to be named to that team. It was amazing for him, and he deserves it. I'm proud of him. Another one of the great players I've had a chance to play with."

Brady and Gronkowski rank among the best quarterback/pass-catcher duos in league history, and these two future Hall of Famers helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles during their time together. It was, in many ways, a fitting end to Gronkowski's career that he played a crucial role on the biggest scoring drive of Super Bowl LIII -- his final pro game.

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Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Rob Gronkowski set to compete in virtual beer pong tournament

Who knew virtual beer pong was a thing? 

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apparently is set to compete in a virtual beer pong tournament hosted by Post Malone to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts, according to TMZ Sports. The tournament will be live-streamed on the @ballinacup Instagram over eight days and the winners will receive a trophy and wrestling belts. 

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Gronkowski will be partnered with his girlfriend Camille Kostek, and they aren't the only familiar faces in the tournament. Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and former Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin also will compete in the competition. 

The first round kicks off on Friday with Gronkowski and Kostek taking on Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and USWNT star Mallory Pugh. Amendola will take on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce on Saturday and Seguin will take on New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman on Monday, April 6. 

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It's no surprise Gronkowski signed up to compete in this tournament -- he loves to party after all. 

This definitely is something out of the ordinary, but it should be pretty comical to watch Gronkowski, Amendola and Seguin compete to see who the king of beer pong is. 

 

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

Patriots have dominated this category since turn of the century

The New England Patriots have been an unstoppable force over the course of the past two decades. The team has won six Super Bowls, 17 division titles, and hasn't logged a losing season this century.

One of the reasons for their success? They have been insanely good in one-possession games.

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According to Boston Sports Info (@BostonSportsInf), the Patriots have the best winning percentage in one-score games since the turn of the century. They are one of just two teams that have won greater than 60 percent of those contests. Here's a look at the numbers:

While several teams have more wins than the Patriots in these contests, it's still remarkable that the team has won two-thirds of their one-score games in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. It takes great decision-making on the parts of players and coaches to maintain such a strong record.

With Brady no longer on the Patriots, It looks like we're going to figure out just how much he has mattered to the Patriots' ability to win close games. Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the two quarterback options on the roster after Cody Kessler was released on Thursday, so Belichick will have his work cut out for him with either option.

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Meanwhile, Brady's impact on the Buccaneers may be notable depending on how much they improve in this area. The Bucs have the third-worst winning percentage of the century in one-possession games, coming in at 40.2 percent. They have the second-most losses overall with 98.

Last season, the Bucs were 3-6 in nine one-score games with Jameis Winston at the helm. If Brady can help to improve upon that record by making fewer late-game mistakes than the turnover-prone Winston did, then the Bucs may have a chance to progress well as an overall team.

Either way, we'll soon see how Brady's presence impacts the Bucs and if the Patriots can continue their winning ways in close contests.