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Watch Rob Gronkowski dent Patriots' Lombardi Trophy in hilarious video

Watch Rob Gronkowski dent Patriots' Lombardi Trophy in hilarious video

Rob Gronkowski's parting shot with the New England Patriots left a rather large dent in the team's Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl LIII.

Angelique Fiske of Patriots.com wrote an oral history of the story, which comes from the team's appearance at Fenway Park on April 9. The Pats attended the Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park to celebrate their sixth Super Bowl victory, but some shenanigans before the actual ceremony on the field left a mark in the iconic trophy.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wanted to get his arm loose before throwing out the first pitch, so while the team was in a tent waiting to go on the Fenway Park field, he tossed a baseball in Gronkowski's direction and the recently retired tight end used the football portion of the Lombardi Trophy to make contact in a bunting motion.

Watch the hilarious scene in the video below: 

Ouch!

Tom Brady had the perfect response to the video on Twitter:

As of now, the team doesn't plan on immediately fixing the dent. In the story version on the team's website, Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James says "Maybe they’ll fix it down the road. That’s something they can always fix in the future, but at least for now, we’re going to keep the dent and tell the story."

And it's quite a story.

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.