NFL: Patriots tight end Gronkowski retires…

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski is calling time on his NFL career.

Announcing his retirement via Instagram, ‘Gronk’ ended his nine year career after helping the Patriots to a sixth Super Bowl win, by defeating the Los Angeles Rams, in February.

In a lengthy post, the 29-year-old, from Amherst, NY said: “It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true,

“And now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far.

“I will be retiring from the game of football today.”

A three-time Super Bowl Champion, Gronkowski played his entire career for the Patriots having been drafted in the second round (42nd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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He thanked the Patriots organisation, his team-mates and fans before finishing his post by saying, “Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of what’s next.”

Gronkowski, a four-time first team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns over 115 games from 2010-2018, adding 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 postseason matches

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NFL: Patriots’ Edelman done for the season after tearing ACL…

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New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman will play no further part in his team’s season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

Edelman was hurt during his team’s preseason win over the Detroit Lions and an MRI scan revealed the problem.

The League champions then confirmed that the player would miss the 2017 season.

Edelman went down on a non-contact play on his third catch of the opening drive and limped off the field. He was then carted to the locker room and did not return.

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Superbowl LI hero Julian Edelman will miss the 2017 season through injury

The 32-year-old has been Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s most reliable target for years, earning more than nine targets per game over the last four NFL seasons. He has also averaged more than 11 yards per catch over the past five years.

Edelman is also coming off a career-high 1,106 yards from last season and has signed a two year, $11million contracted with $7million guaranteed before this offseason.

While the injury may hurt the Patriots, it won’t derail the train like a sidelined Brady or even Rob Gronkowski would and the nature of play that the team’s attacking players possess should facilitate an easy transition from Edelman to a player such as Danny Amendola.

For sure, Edelman’s absence will change how the Patriots attack the campaign and opposing defensive teams, but as long as Brady is at centre, the dream of another Superbowl win should not be dismissed.