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Best Of Social Media: Reaction To Rob Gronkowski Retirement From Football

Robert Alvarez
March 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm ET

On Sunday night, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski formally announced over Instagram that he will be retiring from the NFL after nine professional seasons.

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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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Since entering the league as the 42nd overall pick in 2010, Gronk compiled
521 catches for 7,861 yards with 79 touchdowns during his time in Foxborough.

Gronk earned five Pro Bowl selections over his career but dealt with
multiple back surgeries, a twice-broken arm and a torn ACL.

Despite the injuries, Gronk put together a career that all but assures him a place in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Check out all the best reactions from social media to the news below.

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Icon. #TheGronk

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Martellus Bennett Reveals Why He Chooses To Remain Retired

Robert Alvarez
March 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm ET

When the New England Patriots traded for defensive end Michael Bennett earlier this month, rumors started swirling that his brother Martellus would come out of retirement to play with him in Foxboro.

Martellus, a key contributor for the 2016 Super Bowl champions, was once quoted saying he “would love” playing with Michael.

That rumor came ended Sunday when Martellus took to Instagram explaining why he won’t return to the NFL in 2019.

Since retirement, Bennett devoted time to the “Imagination Agency”, a company he founded focusing on children’s education with creative literature. He wrote his first book entitled “Dear Black Boy” last year.

Michael Bennett Voices Excitement To Signing With Patriots

Robert Alvarez
March 15, 2019 at 7:52 pm ET

On Thursday, the New England Patriots trade with Philadelphia Eagles became official, and defensive end Michael Bennett became the second Bennett brother to play in Foxboro.

Speaking with Megan O’Brien of Patriots.com, Bennett discussed his feelings about his new team.

“I used to hate the Patriots. I’d hate it because they’d win so much. I’d hate it because Tom Brady’s hair was long. I’d hate it that [Bill] Belichick would wear sweaters. But now that I’m here, I love you. I love Tom Brady’s hair.”

“I love being a Patriot because, obviously, it’s all about winning. I think everything about the organization is about team-first. It’s just about doing what you need to do to get to where we want to go as a group. I think I love that.”

The Patriots traded the Eagles a 2020 fifth round pick for Bennett and a 2020 seventh rounder.

Bennett played in all 16 regular season games for Philadelphia in 2018, registering nine sacks, 34 tackles and two forced fumbles.

In two playoff games, Bennett had seven tackles and one sack.

On Thursday, Bennett shared his excitement for a new start in New England over Twitter and Instagram.

Michael’s brother Martellus, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016, shared a congratulatory message on his Instagram page.

Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Valentines Day

Robert Alvarez
February 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm ET

Love is in the air across Patriot Nation.

Check out all of the best social media postings from current and former Patriots to their loved ones on Valentines Day, including a funny feature from Super Bowl week with James White.

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Forever mine, my valentine @shelbywaddle ❤❤❤

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Best Of Social Media: The Patriots Celebrate Christmas

Robert Alvarez
December 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm ET

On Tuesday, current and former members of the New England Patriots took time to share Christmas messages and photographs over their social media accounts.

Check out some of the best below.

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‘Twas the night before Christmas. Happy Holidays!

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Merry Christmas fam

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Merry Christmas Everyone

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Merry Christmas from the squad!

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PSA: Fake Corey Dillon Account Circulating Twitter

Robert Alvarez
December 4, 2018 at 9:12 pm ET

Corey Dillon is NOT on social media.

For the past two weeks, a Twitter account going by the name “@Corey28Dillon” made its rounds under the assumption that former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots running back joined the social media site.

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The account shared “personal” tweets such as these below leading many to believe it was legitimate.

The account began duping the NFL community, including old teammates.

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At some point during this time, Twitter, for unknown reasons, verified the account leading to more assurance that it was real and more players and media began following it.

The NFL’s official throwback video account even tagged the Dillon page.

As the account gained followers and momentum, Dillon’s old Bengals teammate Willie Anderson took notice of the identity stealing impostor and had a video message setup by Dillon himself clarifying it wasn’t who it said it was.

So if you have a Twitter account, do NOT follow the impostor Corey Dillon.

UPDATE: The fake account is back active as of Tuesday afternoon and still has a verified checkmark.

Best Of Social Media Week 13: Vikings vs Patriots

Robert Alvarez
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The New England Patriots entered their Week 13 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings looking to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top seed in the AFC Playoffs and continue their December dominance into another season.

The Patriots came in at 8-3, while the Vikings, who continue to battle for an NFC Wild Card spot, were 6-4-1.

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Lets get it!

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In the first quarter, the Patriots struck first from an unlikely source, fullback James Develin carrying the ball in from the one for a 7-0 lead.

Another week, another new Tom Brady milestone, and this one was a long time coming.

A Brady five yard gain to put the quarterback over 1,000 rushing yards for his career.

The score remained 7-0 Patriots after a quarter as kicker Stephen Gostkowski added to the lead with a 20 yard field goal to extend it to 10-0 midway through the second.

Despite the Patriots having full control of the game and time of possession, the offense struggled to pull away and the Vikings got back in the game with an Adam Thielen touchdown reception. 10-7 Patriots at halftime.

The score was made possible by a gutsy third down challenge call by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

In the third quarter, former Viking Cordarrelle Patterson tormented his former team with a big gain.

Unfortunately the Patriots offense continued to scuffle as the Vikings would tie the game at 10 with a Dan Bailey 39 yard Field Goal.

Needing to grab back momentum, Josh “Flash” Gordon came up big.

17-10 Patriots after three quarters.

Leading by seven into the fourth, the Patriots defense continued to dominate the Kirk Cousins offense.

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With 11 minutes to go in the game, the Patriots offense padded their lead when James Develin again scored to push the separation to 24-10.

Under five to play, the Patriots defense forced two big turnovers to end the Vikings night and a 24-10 victory.

By beating the Vikings, the Patriots extended their own NFL record for most consecutive winning seasons to 18 straight (2001-2018), the team also moved to 9-3 through 12 games, for the 13th time under Bill Belichick and the eighth-straight year that the team has started the season with a 9-3 or better record.

Seven of those 13 times, the team has advanced to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots will travel south to take on the 6-6 Miami Dolphins at 1:00 next Sunday.

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Persevere. #TeamW

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Thanksgiving

Robert Alvarez
November 22, 2018 at 10:29 am ET

The New England Patriots put a pause on the 2018 NFL season Thursday to celebrate the Thanksgiving with their families.  Check out some of the best postings from their social media accounts.

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Thankful for all of you. #HappyTurkeyDay

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A few former Patriots also shared their Thanksgiving festivities and Martellus Bennett even shared some funny stories.

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Best Of Social Media: The New England Patriots Celebrate Fathers Day

Robert Alvarez
June 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm ET

On Sunday, Many New England Patriots players both current and former took time out of their day to create Father’s Day tribute posts on their social media accounts.

Some of the best can be seen below.

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Happy Father’s Day pops !

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Former Patriots Provide Clarity Following Reports Of “No Fun” In Foxboro

Robert Alvarez
May 31, 2018 at 8:43 pm ET

Over the past week a few more NFL players have come out voicing their thoughts on how tough it is to play in New England under head coach Bill Belichick and shared some criticism of the so-called “Patriot Way” coaching philosophy.

On May 26th, the San Francisco Chronicle published an interview with current 49ers defensive Cassius Marsh, who had strong strong words for Belichick during his brief time in New England last season. Marsh was waived after just nine games last season.

“They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”

Marsh later clarified his comments following backlash from Patriots fans over social media.

“I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don’t like this new article. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings. Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel and I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at.”  He said via a since deleted video to Reddit.

The negativity didn’t stop there, on Wednesday, Philadelphia Eagles lineman Brandon Brooks called his time with Bill O’Brien, a Belichick protege, “miserable” while he was in Houston with the Texans.

“It’s crazy that people haven’t known this,” said Brooks. “It’s been this way for like a decade. You’ve seen— Reggie Wayne did it. He retired. He went there [to the Patriots] for a training camp and retired. Shit is not fun there. I was under the same regime in Houston [with O’Brien]. I almost retired. Shit was miserable, every day. Every day.” 

In response to the latest critics, a few former Patriots took to Twitter to defend their former team while also providing some clarity to the “no fun” comments made by Marsh and Brooks.