However, this one may have had an additional message. His production in the pass game dipped during the 2018 regular season, but he showed in the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl that he's still capable of putting up big numbers. Sony Michel ran it in for New England's lone touchdown on the next play, giving the Patriots a 10-3 lead at the time. It was vintage Gronk, out-dueling three defenders - Marcus Peters and John Johnson came over to help - for the ball. Asked how Gronkowski was able to get free, linebacker Cory Littleton and cornerback Marcus Peters, who were the closest in coverage, ostensibly shook their heads.
Brady posted a video of himself and Gronkowksi on Instagram early Monday morning to the tune of Eminem's "Without Me". He just wanted to focus on the Pats' win, and said he'd take the next few weeks to figure out whether he wants to keep playing or retire from the National Football League at 29.
Gronkowski was nearly understated when he met with the media afterward. I think if Gronk wanted to get a job in television making millions for years to come, he's somebody that has the capability to pull it off.
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No matter, the party is on Sunday night.
"Money aside, because obviously if you have an opportunity to make an exorbitant amount of dollars and take care of yourself and your family for the future, that's the obvious answer", Smith said Monday on ESPN's "First Take".
"Tonight it's about celebrating with my teammates", he said. Selfishly, I hoped it would not be the last time time I'd see him in uniform.