Super Bowl 53

Gronkowski: Patriots newest ring is the 'biggest, baddest one'

Gronkowski: Patriots newest ring is the 'biggest, baddest one'

Rob Gronkowski rode off into the sunset and into his retirement after winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots. But he has still been around the Patriots organization and was once again when he and the rest of his teammates received their rings on Thursday.

Gronkowski is evidently a big fan of the Patriots' new rings, and per Karen Kuregian of The Boston Herald, he called his ring the "biggest, baddest one."

You can make the judgment for yourself, as the Patriots official Twitter account did release images of the rings following the ring ceremony on Thursday night.

Safe to say, I think that Gronkowski may be right about this one.

Unfortunately, it does appear to be the last one that Gronk will take home as a player. Despite rumors that he may return to the team late in the season, he affirmed that he was going to stay retired at a recent charity event.

Perhaps Gronk will change his mind come football season, but for now, it seems that the Patriots will have to roll with Matt LaCosse as their No. 1 tight end until Ben Watson returns from his four-game suspension.

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David Andrews was the real MVP of Patriots' Super Bowl ring ceremony

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David Andrews was the real MVP of Patriots' Super Bowl ring ceremony

In hindsight, we should have seen it coming.

A few hours before heading to Patriots owner Robert Kraft's house for New England's Super Bowl LIII ring ceremony Thursday, offensive lineman David Andrews posted this on Twitter:

Andrews wasn't lying.

While the entire 2018 Patriots squad reveled in the team's sixth Super Bowl title, Andrews seemed to have some extra juices flowing.

Here's the 26-year-old center challenging quarterback Tom Brady to a beer-chugging contest earlier in the evening:

Andrews arguably lost that contest but was anything but deterred. Here's some incredible footage of Andrews, courtesy of Duron Harmon's Instagram story:

And here's a very, err, "happy" Andrews posing with Brady on the QB's Instagram story:

We'll call this a successful night (and possibly a rough Friday morning).

Anyone who saw Andrews get after it at a recent Boston Bruins playoff game knows he can party with the best of them, and certainly lived up to that reputation Thursday night.

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Bill Belichick had a great exchange with Rob Gronkowski over dented Super Bowl trophy

Bill Belichick had a great exchange with Rob Gronkowski over dented Super Bowl trophy

Only Rob Gronkowski could get away with vandalizing one of the most prestigious trophies in sports.

The retired New England Patriots tight end famously dented the Lombardi Trophy in April when he wielded the team's Super Bowl LIII hardware as a baseball bat at a Boston Red Sox game.

That Lombardi Trophy still hasn't been fixed, and it was on prominent display Thursday night at the Patriots' ring ceremony.

And when Gronk got his hands on the damaged goods, head coach Bill Belichick happened to be standing right next to him.

Here's how that exchange went:

We have a feeling Belichick's "nice job" remark wasn't 100 percent sincere. The Patriots head coach seemed to find the whole thing pretty amusing, though, erupting (by his standards) in laughter after quarterback Tom Brady spotted the dented trophy.

You'd be less worried about a damaged trophy too if you had five others laying around.

The dented trophy was far from the star of the show Thursday night, as the Patriots flashed some serious bling during a lavish ceremony at team owner Robert Kraft's house.

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