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PHOTOS: Patriots Players Share Well-Wishes To David Ortiz

Robert Alvarez
June 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm ET

On Sunday night, the sports world was rocked by news that former Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar.

Ortiz was at Santo Domingo’s Dial Bar Lounge in his native Dominican Republic.

The man who shot Ortiz was identified by local police as Eddy Feliz Garcia.

Garcia reportedly was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar before his arrest.

Ortiz is expected to make a full recovery from the attack and will return to Boston for more treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The investigation into the cause of the shooting remains ongoing.

A few Patriots sent well wishes to the future baseball hall of famer over social media.

Best Of Social Media: Tom Brady Joins Twitter, Scares Fans With April Fools Joke

Robert Alvarez
April 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm ET

On Monday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Twitter and decided to make his first tweet an April Fools Day joke that lit the internet on fire.

The tweet set off a variety of funny reactions.

Brady would later admit the first tweet was a bad joke but continued to send out some funny comments to a few other notable people.

At the time of this posting, Brady has already amassed over 320,000 followers, he had 55,700 in the first hour of creating the account.

Once again, what can’t Tom Brady win at?

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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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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VIDEO: On 25 Year Anniversary Of Buying Team, Patriots Hall of Famers Thank Robert Kraft

Robert Alvarez
January 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET

January 21st will mark the 25th anniversary of Robert Kraft’s purchase of the New England Patriots from James Orthwein.

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To honor the occasion, a few Patriots team Hall of Famer members shared some personal congratulatory messages to Mr. Kraft.

For more on the anniversary, be sure to also check out a new story by PatsFans own Bob George highlighting some of most seminal moments in Patriots history.

Former LB Bruschi Responds To Max Kellerman’s Patriots Takes

Robert Alvarez
January 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm ET

On ESPN’s First Take program Thursday, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi became the latest player to fire back at Max Kellerman’s takes on the Patriots and Tom Brady’s demise.

For nearly two years, Kellerman has stood by feelings that Brady will ultimately fall of a “cliff” production wise.

Throughout the 2018 season, Kellerman and a variety of other media outlets didn’t give the Patriots much of a shot to compete for a Super Bowl.

Despite it all, the Patriots find themselves back in the AFC Championship game for the eighth consecutive season.

First Take had Bruschi come on to defend his former quarterback and he didn’t disappoint, he went straight at Kellerman.

Bruschi’s comments continued a trend of Patriots not afraid to shy away from their feelings of disrespect by the media.

On Instagram Wednesday, Julian Edelman shared a hype video entitled “Bet Against Us” and later that day, linebacker Kyle Van Noy also called out Kellerman for his Patriots opinions.

Speaking with 985 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand, Van Noy said, “Maybe since people say we need to stick to football, he should stick to his boxing commentating.”

Ouch.

At any rate, after 16 years of “ignoring the noise” its clear the Patriots have had enough staying silent, and they’ll look to reach their third Super Bowl in a row with a win Sunday night in Kansas City despite what everyone else thinks.

It remains New England vs Everybody.

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
at 9:11 pm ET

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 Week 12: Patriots vs Jets

Robert Alvarez
November 27, 2018 at 11:33 pm ET

The New England Patriots entered their Week 12 matchup with the New York Jets seeking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Tennessee Titans two weeks prior.

Following a bye week to recuperate, the team welcomed back offensive weapons Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski, both of which wound up playing big roles on Sunday.

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Press On

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Onward. #GameDay

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In the first quarter, it was the Jets that struck first, as the Patriots early game struggles continued into another week coupled with costly penalties.

By the end of the quarter, Brady went to his best targets to tie the game at seven all when he found tight end Rob Gronkowski from 34 yards out.

The touchdown was setup thanks to curious decision making from Jets head coach Todd Bowles.

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In the second quarter, Tom Brady re-wrote the record books some more.

The Patriots and Jets traded field goals in the second for a 10-10 tie going into halftime.

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I missed you so much ❤️

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In the third, rookie running back Sony Michel continued his career day and helped setup a go-ahead 32-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. The  Jets quickly responded with a 38 yarder by Jason Myers. 13-13 with five to go in the third.

With the Patriots struggling to find the end zone for the majority of the game, Brady found Edelman to put the Patriots back in front for good at a 20-13 lead.

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Hey @gronk how’d I do? #OutLikeALight

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Entering the fourth with a seven point lead, Michel continued to grind out yards.

With nine to play in the game, Michel found the end zone for the first time on the day to cap off his impressive performance.

The defense handeled the Jets and Josh McCown for the remainder of the fourth, and the Patriots walked out of North Jersey with an 8-3 record following a 27-13 victory.

The win, coupled with a Steelers loss later Sunday afternoon, put the Patriots back in the two seed as they head home to face the Minnesota Vikings at 4:25 next Sunday.

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One down, 5 to go!

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TEAM WIN!!! #patsnation #darkside #trenches

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VIDEO: Remembering Tedy Bruschi’s Football Comeback Following Stroke

Robert Alvarez
October 31, 2018 at 6:55 pm ET

Just ten days after winning his third Super Bowl championship, New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi’s life nearly changed forever.

On February 16th 2005, Bruschi was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering from temporary numbness, blurred vision, and headaches.

He was diagnosed by doctors with a mild stroke.

Bruschi recounted his diagnosis in a 2014 interview with Men’s Health;

“My doctors told me I had a congenital heart defect called a patent foramen ovale, or PFO, which is basically a small hole in my heart. A blood clot had formed in my body, and it found a sort of a shortcut through my heart defect to my brain. That caused an ischemic stroke, which is a blockage of blood to the brain. By the time I got to the hospital, it was too late to prevent or reverse the damage. But had I recognized the warning signs within a window—usually 3 to 4 hours—I could have taken certain medications to reverse or stop the effects of the stroke.”

“I thought I’d never be the same again,” Bruschi said. “When I thought of stroke, I didn’t think of a full recovery.”

On July 20th 2005, the Patriots announced Bruschi would sit out the 2005 season.

“Since suffering a mild stroke on Feb. 16, 2005, Tedy Bruschi has focused on the short-term goal of getting better every day. His health has improved steadily during the past five months and Tedy continues to make daily improvements with his on-going rehabilitation. It has been an offseason of many emotional highs and lows for Tedy and his family. With the Patriots’ training camp reporting date now just over a week away, Tedy has reached a decision on his playing status for the upcoming season and has declared his intentions to forgo the 2005 campaign.”

With the desire to play football still on his mind, Bruschi devoted each day that spring and summer to extensive physical therapy, remarkably restoring his body to a point where his doctors started to believe football might be possible again.

The blood clot behind Bruschi’s stroke had dissolved into his bloodstream and the patent foramen ovale had been sealed shut.

After consulting with multiple medical experts, Bruschi was cleared to return to the football field on October 16th 2005, just eight months after having the stroke.

His impact on the field was felt immediately, Bruschi had two tackles and five assists, in his first game back against the Buffalo Bills on October 30th. He was named AFC Player of the Week for his efforts.

“I’m a football player by trade. That’s what I do,” Bruschi said after the game. “So I did everything I could to make myself a football player again.”

On Twitter this week, Bruschi’s foundation “Tedy’s Team” reflected back on the 13th anniversary of his comeback.