Gronkowski Practices for 1st Time Since Concussion

Allan Goodman
January 31, 2018

The Patriots All-Pro tight end missed the second half vs. the Jaguars with a concussion and his status for the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles has been up in the air.

Gronkowski, 28, suffered the injury during New England's 24-20 victory over the Jaguars when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville safety Barry Church and was visibly shaken getting off the field. They can win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams. Hopefully, the Pats can get Gronk back or near 100% in time for the game, assuming he completes the concussion protocol.

Considering where Long came from, plus his celebrity father Howie, who played college football at Villanova, how he donated his base salary this season to charity and what's on the line the first Sunday of February, the only way this script could get more Hollywood is if the Eagles win their first Lombardi Trophy at the expense of Belichick and Brady. With a 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional playoffs, Foles was finally able to shake off his first-time nerves and lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

It's no big deal to a team that feels it's been counted out since losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz for the year due to a torn ACL.

With all the pieces they have on both sides of the ball and the Patriots defense not being at its most dominant, I think this game could be very close. And the chances of each playing in Super Bowl LII just went way up.

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When Rice played in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Raiders he was 40 years and 105 days old while Brady will be 40 years and 185 days old.

Fifty-eight years ago, the Eagles beat Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXVIII, finishing with a score of 17-13.

Brady, the last of several players to speak, praised the fans for their support all season. Having Gronkowski back on the field, even just for a practice, is a great emotional and psychological boost for Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and the rest of the Patriots.

AIC student Luke Allen gave his key to the game for the Eagles. The move surprised everyone as New England really didn't get much in return for what is looking like a franchise quarterback in Garoppolo. "I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go (to the White House) when you knew the right thing was to not go?'"

Fans also shared in 16-foot-by-12-foot Boston cream pie decorated with the words "Not Done", the team's motto for this Super Bowl made by Montilio's Baking Co., and cut into 4,000 pieces.

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