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Does Rob Gronkowski's latest announcement officially end comeback talk?

Does Rob Gronkowski's latest announcement officially end comeback talk?

If Rob Gronkowski wants to play for the New England Patriots in this year's postseason, he needs to apply for NFL reinstatement by Nov. 30.

But it turns out Gronkowski already has other postseason plans.

The retired tight end revealed early Tuesday morning -- hours before a "big announcement" scheduled for 9 a.m. ET -- that he'll host a "GRONK BEACH" music festival on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Miami Beach.

That's the day before Super Bowl LIV, which will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The festival will feature big musical acts like Rick Ross, Flo Rida, DJ Carnage, Kaskade and Diplo and essentially be a six-hour-long beach party (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.), complete with "amazing food, drinks, beach performers, and more," according to the website.

Sounds like Gronkowski doesn't plan on playing a football game the following day.

"I may not be playing the game this year, but I will still be going to Miami and I'm going to be debuting my very own music festival and its Gronk Beach," Gronkowski said in a statement, via the Associated Press.

" ... Bring some wildness, some fun, to bring a music festival to Miami and not just on top of Miami, at the Super Bowl. It's really never been done like that before."

The 9-1 Patriots are the current betting favorites to win Super Bowl LIV, so if Gronkowski was mulling a return to New England, we doubt he would host an extravagant Super Bowl-themed bash that same weekend.

In an any event, if the Patriots reach their fourth consecutive Super Bowl next February, Gronk will be there -- as a very amped-up spectator.

UPDATE (9:05 a.m. ET): This indeed was Gronkowski's "big announcement," as the ex-tight end tweeted about his "GRONK BEACH BIG GAME WEEKEND" shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

As is par for the course, Gronkowski had some fun with the comeback rumors in his announcement, wrestling with a potential NFL return by pitting "Party Gronk" against "Player Gronk."

And while "Party Gronk" won out, the 30-year-old seems intent on using his potential comeback as a marketing ploy through next year.

"We'll call an audible ... but just for this year," Gronkowski said at the end of the video.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Chris Long has a unique perspective on Patriots-Eagles, having been with both teams on their Super Bowl title runs. He joins Tom E. Curran for a wide-ranging discussion.

1:04 - Long, the former Rams, Patriots and Eagles defensive end, joins Curran to discuss life after retirement. 

5:19 - Chris talks about his media company, Chalk Media, and what type of content he hopes to create and who he hopes to reach.

12:26 - With the NFL announcing the league will be holding an open tryout for Colin Kaepernick, Chris gives his take on the situation and whether or not he thinks the former 49ers quarterback can still play.

19:57 - How do athletes deal with social anxiety? Chris talks about how fans' interactions make him feel as he tries to live his life post-NFL.

24:31 - Chris and Tom talk about the differences between the two championship teams he was on - the 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles - and how “fun” played into each team’s season.

29:42 - A lot has changed for the Patriots and Eagles since Super Bowl LII. Chris talks about the track each team has been on since that game and how he sees their Week 11 matchup going.

38:41 - As a Knicks fan, Chris feels like he needs a side NBA team to watch. He was given the Celtics and he couldn’t be more excited to cheer for them this season.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

Patriots' Julian Edelman fires up Revolution with video, evokes Super Bowl memories from Atlanta

The New England Revolution are in Atlanta for their first MLS playoff match since 2015 today.

To help give the Robert Kraft-owned MLS team a boost, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman recorded a video where he voices his support to the Pats' "brother team" as he called the Revs.

The Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl title in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of today's playoff match. It's where the Pats beat the Los Angeles Rams in SB53 in February.

Here's Edelman's video:

Edelman also knows something about performing under pressure against Atlanta. His miracle catch was a signature piece of the Patriots comeback from a 28-3 deficit in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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