Rob Gronkowski's message to Patriots fans: 'I'm ready to roll'

Emilio Banks
February 2, 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joked earlier this week that he hoped former teammate Chris Long "respects his elders" in Super Bowl LII if he has a chance to hit him, but Long said Thursday that he doesn't have plans to acquiesce. While the Patriots traded away their backup quarterback to San Francisco, the Eagles are happy they took the measure of signing Nick Foles and rescuing him from potential retirement last offseason. It's a split-second to make a decision. "I think it's a tribute to the players and everyone involved that they can keep things going even through that adversity". "If I did play [last year], this game would mean just as much".

"You're so focused that you don't worry about all that", said Eagles linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who also played on the Ravens in the Super Bowl.

'You have to waste time, ' said Philadelphia receiver Torrey Smith, who played in the 2013 game with Baltimore.

Statistically, there certainly would seem no good reason for Brady to hang up the cleats.

They don't think it'll take another set of unusual scores to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles come into the game with one of the best defenses in the league - one superior to New England's, that should be able to apply pressure on Brady.

"It's a pretty inspiring story just to see all the adversity that he faced his whole football career and how he didn't let any of that stop him", Bottari said.

The rematch is here and the Eagles are still seeking their first Vince Lombardi Trophy while the Patriots have won two more since that one and are going for No. 6.

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That proved crucial past year in New England's comeback win over Atlanta when the Patriots trailed 21-3 at the half before rallying for a 34-28 overtime victory. Defensive end Brandon Graham played 65 percent of the time and led the team with 9.5 sacks.

"We pray for a safe and enjoyable Super Bowl for both teams and all spectators, and that the gifts of God's love and peace may bring us closer together as a society", they said.

Even the 40-year-old quarterback joked about it last week during his weekly Monday appearance on Boston's WEEI sports radio network.

"When the Pats win, we're expecting to get a dozen of donuts over here", co-owner Paul Delios said in a video posted on Twitter. "When you try to get off track and try something new, that's when you get caught".

"All those guys are similar in that they're not one-trick ponies", Schwartz said of Cox, Philly's top-paid player at $11.5 million a year.

Philadelphia's head coach split the day's practice in two with a simulated 30-minute halftime break to match the extended respite they'll experience against the Patriots. "This led to the first Super Bowl LII ticket purchase using Bitcoin".

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