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WATCH: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski encourage runners ahead of Boston Marathon

WATCH: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski encourage runners ahead of Boston Marathon

Tom Brady is a veteran of hype videos, dropping them before pretty much every Patriots game. This week, TB12 posted one to help inspire runners who'll again take to the streets of The Hub for the city's signature sporting event, the 123rd Boston Marathon.

Brady tells the runners in his comment on the video "I’m more of a sprints guy myself..." 

Um, Tom:

The six-time Super Bowl champion also stopped by his TB12 Sports Therapy Center next to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Wednesday to thank and encourage marathoners running for his TB12 Foundation team, who'll hit the streets and raise money for the charity on Monday. (@h/t to Twitter user WAD1980)

One of Brady's former favorite targets, recently retired tight end Rob Gronkowski, also showed his support for the marathoners at a pre-race party Friday night at The Harvard Club in Boston put on by CharityTeams.org, which helps nonprofits looking to fundraise through races.

Gronk playfully lined up in his pre-snap stance before shaking hands with 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, who donned a Patriots helmet and jersey. 

Another of the many Patriots connection to the marathon: Former Pats linebacker Tedy Bruschi will run for the third time this year, along with his wife Heidi, as they raise money for his foundation, which promotes awareness for stroke and heart disease.

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NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

NFL players rip league's postgame jersey swap policy for next season

A tradition that became popular in international soccer has become a staple of NFL postgames in recent years, but it might not be allowed during the 2020 season.

Swapping jerseys with an opponent is now commonplace in North American professional sports leagues. We often see younger players swap jerseys with veterans who they grew up watching. Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a sought-after player for the postgame jersey swap. Multiple players from the Washington Redskins asked for his No. 12 jersey after a Week 5 game last season.

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Well, unfortunately for NFL players, swapping jerseys could be banned in the upcoming season as the league tries to implement social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the NFL and NFLPA have not yet agreed on all of the medical protocols for gamedays. NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported the latest information Thursday:

Players were not pleased with this development, to say the least.

One of the most outspoken players was San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who tweeted the following message. It earned a retweet from Patriots running back James White, among other players.

Many other players were not afraid to share their displeasure with the jersey swap potentially being banned. Here are some of those reactions:

With opposition so strong and coming from several of the league's stars, it'll be interesting to see if the league eventually eases up and allows jersey swaps to happen as normal next season.

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

WATCH: Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry meet for first workout as Patriots teammates

Cam Newton is wasting no time getting to know his New England Patriots wide receivers.

The new Patriots quarterback, who officially signed a one-year contract with the team Wednesday, linked up with wideout Mohamed Sanu last week for a few throwing sessions in Los Angeles.

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This Wednesday, it was N'Keal Harry's turn to catch passes from Newton, according to Boston.com, which obtained video of the duo's L.A. workout from EBA Sports.

The video shows Newton meeting Harry for the first time as a member of the Patriots before throwing the second-year receiver a handful of passes.

Newton and Harry worked out together for about two hours and were later joined by Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., per Boston.com.

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Harry has been working hard this offseason to improve his game after a disappointing rookie campaign. The Patriots' 2019 first-round pick appeared in just seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

It's encouraging to see the 22-year-old on the practice field with Newton, who's aiming to bounce back from his own foot injury that limited him to two games in 2019.

Newton will have to beat out second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job, and it appears he's eager to get started while developing chemistry with his new pass-catchers.