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NFLPA Tells NFL Rookies To Be Like Rob Gronkowski

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NFLPA Tells NFL Rookies To Be Like New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski

When NFL rookies met with the NFLPA at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere this past week at the Beverly Hilton, they probably did not expect to here Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s name come up so much.

But throughout the event Gronk’s name was mentioned several times by the President of the NFLPA Ahmad Nassar who made it abundantly clear that Rob Gronkowski is a role model for young players in the league. Nassar made a point that Gronk comes across as a goofy frat boy on purpose and that it is important to establish a brand that is true to yourself.

“Some people think he’s just this extension of a frat boy, and that it’s sort of accidental,” said Ahmad Nassar, president of NFL Players Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the NFLPA. “And that’s wrong. It’s not accidental, it’s very purposeful. So the message there is, really good branding is where you don’t even feel it. You think, ‘Oh, that’s just Gronk being Gronk.’ Actually, that’s his brand, but it’s so good and so ingrained and so authentic, you don’t even know it’s a brand or think it.”

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Branding wasn’t the only time when Gronk’s name came up though. Rob Gronkowski has been known to be financially frugal, and all the money he makes from endorsement deals go right into his bank account with the only money he spends being the salary he makes from the New England Patriots.

Financial management is always a big topic of discussion and Nassar brought up Gronk when talking about being careful with your money.

“You should be careful with your money and you should treat your family this way and you should treat your girlfriend or your wife.’ Which is fine. I think that’s valuable,” Nassar said. “But we don’t often give them a chance to answer the question: How do you see yourself as a brand? Because Gronk, Odell, none of those guys accidentally ended up where they are from a branding and marketing standpoint.”

The authenticity of Gronkowski and his brand was also a point of emphasis for Nassar who told the rookies present to be authentic with your fans and avoid doing something just to make a quick dollar.

“When we say, ‘Be like Gronk,’ we mean plan out who you want to be and stay true to that, because brands and fans will sniff it out if you’re not authentic,” Nassar said. “If you’re not authentic it’s not going to resonate well, and people will think that you’re just doing it to make a buck.”

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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Patriots Simply Play In A Different League

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Year after year since Bill Belichick has taken the helm in New England the rest of the NFL has been looking up at the Patriots. You can say one of the big reasons for that is having future hall of famer Tom Brady under center. But when it really comes down to it the real reason for New England’s success is stupidity on behalf of the other teams.

Sunday night’s win was a prime example of another team failing under the spotlight against the Patriots. Denver was a franchise who a few seasons ago won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Now they gambled with Vance Joseph as the head coach, a gamble that looks to be failing. Denver on Sunday night looked ill-prepared, on Special Teams, and throughout every phase of the game.

At what point will opposing teams understand that the Patriots offense will sometimes go into a hurry-up mode? Do they watch film? When will other teams take special teams as seriously as Belichick? It is truly perplexing. Every season there is 4-5 games where the Patriots opponent looks ill-prepared.

Lately, it feels more often of an occurrence. Going into Sunday there was hope for a great game with New England historically being awful in Denver, but the game was so lopsided that it continues with a trend of poor NFL games.

New England’s record now sits at 7-2 with the AFC East all but locked up again with the second place Bills sitting at 5-4. Who will stop them? Maybe the Eagles, but that would be a Super Bowl matchup. And at that point, would Brady lose to a playoff rookie in Carson Wentz? Probably not.

For the foreseeable future, the Patriots will continue to run the NFL.

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

The New England Patriots tonight had a great performance almost all around. Despite several keys mismatches (particularly within the secondary), the Patriots dominated the Broncos throughout the whole game. The most obvious problems lied squarely with the Broncos special teams and offense inability to get touchdowns when they counted most. It was a bad night if you were a Broncos fan. With this loss, the Broncos fall to 3-6 of the season which puts them dead last in the AFC West. Their season at this point, most likely will be lost as this is their fifth straight loss. The victory didn’t come without much help as the Patriots have much to be proud of last night.

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