Rob Gronkowski Will Compete For The New England Patriots In 2018

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Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram this evening that he will be returning to the gridiron this fall with the New England Patriots. (PHOTO CREDIT: WCVB.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Rob Gronkowski announced this evening on Instagram that he will return to the gridiron this fall to compete for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski wrote the following on Instagram: “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.
#bandsamakeherdance.

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath – yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. However, today’s post squashes any rumors or thoughts that Gronkowski won’t be back for another season with New England.

Gronkowski concluded the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in all three postseason games, too, hauling in 16 of 27 targets for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, he scored two touchdowns, while recording 116 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Mass. College Football: Locals Invited To NFL Rookie Mini Camps

Merrimack's Isaiah Voegeli signed his undrafted free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday! (Photo Credit: Merrimack College Athletics)

Merrimack’s Isaiah Voegeli signed his undrafted free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday! (Photo Credit: Merrimack College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

As noted on our blog yesterday, Bentley University graduate student Nick Halloran was invited to this weekend’s New England Patriots’ Rookie Mini Camp.

“Just amazing news, not a better way to start the day,” Halloran told the Boston Globe on Tuesday.

Halloran isn’t the only local college football player to earn an invite to a rookie mini camp this weekend as Framingham State’s James Muirhead will attempt to earn a spot with the St. Louis Rams, while Middlebury College’s Ryan Moores, who prepped at Governor’s Academy, will tryout with the Atlanta Falcons.

“I’m braced for it,” Muirhead told the Brockton Enterprise on Tuesday. “I understand what’s going to happen. But you know what? I’m not there to make any friends. I’m there to compete. I’m going there to get a job.”

Merrimack College’s Isaiah Voegeli became the fourth player in program history to sign with a professional team as the Hyannis native inked his name on an undrafted free agent contract Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” Voegeli said in the college’s release.  “I can’t thank head coach Dan Curran enough for his help and guidance and preparation to get me to this point. This is a dream come true that I’ve dreamt about since I was 7, to just have a shot and I’ve been blessed this opportunity.”

Voegeli will leave the North Andover campus as the all-time receiver in multiple receiving categories, which includes catches (211) and yards (3,554). He also ranks second in program history with 34 touchdown receptions, too.

Prior to this year’s NFL Draft, the Boston Herald reported that Muirhead, Voegeli and Moores, along with Assumption College’s Nick Haag and Boston College’s Jim Noel worked out with the Falcons, Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

Daily Noontime – December 19, 2011

Tom Brady meets Tim Tebow at midfield after Sunday's game! (Photo Credit: Washington Post)

Happy Monday y’all, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some news, headlines, and much more! 

Headlines: 

* Despite losing to the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow apparently told the media that he still “keeps the faith.”

* Patriots quarterback Tom Brady engineered his offense to perfection on Sunday, which was a major reason why New England topped Denver, 41-23.

* The Philadelphia Eagles stunned the New York Jets on Sunday, 45-19, while Big Blue, (New York Giants), fell to the Washington Redskins, 23-10.

* Philadelphia inked Jimmy Rollins‘ name on a three-year deal — according to MLB.com.

* The San Diego Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive, as they steamrolled the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday evening, 34-14.

Games to Watch: 

* Montreal at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at San Francisco (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is how you dunk the ball! 

 

Daily Noontime – December 14, 2011

The Big-3 have a few thoughts on the NBA offseason! (Photo Credit: Sports Of Boston)

Happy Wednesday to all, and welcome into yet another stupendous and tremendous edition of… wait for it… the Daily Noontime! OK… that may have been a tad bit over the top, but here’s some news, headlines and more to kick-start your day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The “Big-3,” a.k.a. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce voiced their concerns on Tuesday about the short, quick NBA off-season, as well as gave their “two-cents” toward commissioner David Stern too.

* Tuukka Rask saved 41 shots between the pipes on Tuesday, as the Boston Bruins beat-up the Los Angles Kings, 3-0.

* Despite leading the Minnesota Vikings to just two wins this season, head coach Leslie Frazier was recently assured by management that his job is safe.

* The NFL has officially suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for one game due to his bone-chilling hit against Colt McCoy last week.

* According to an interesting column from the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday, John Smallwood explained that Eagles fans who want change to root for the men dressed in green, white and black to lose.

* The MLB has decided that their new labor deal will actually feature instant replay for players, umpires and managers.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Chicago at Minnesota (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This may not be sports related, but it’s certainly funny! Here’s the Donald talking about pulling out of his debate!

Daily Noontime – December 2, 2011

Vince Young tossed 4 INTs on Thursday, as the Eagles lost to the Seahawks, 31-14! (Photo Credit: Bleeding Green Nation)

Good day to all, and welcome into another tremendous and stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines and news to kick-start your day, enjoy! 

Headlines:

* Against the Seattle on Thursday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young tossed four interceptions, as the Seahawks won, 31-14.

* According to a ProFootballTalk.com report — DeSean Jackson is unhappy with reporters asking him if he’s “unhappy.”

* On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox announced that Bobby Valentine will be their manager for the upcoming season.

* Valentine was asked on Thursday by the Boston media if it’s possible that the Red Sox could possibly consider inviting Bill Buckner to be a coach on his staff, and the answer… it’s possible.

* After a disappointing [6-6] season, Texas A&M fired head coach Mike Sherman.

* President Obama’s fundraising basketball game was postponed due to the NBA lockout coming to an end.

Games to Watch: 

* Detroit at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* No. 9 Florida at No. 3 Syracuse (NCAA Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

* UCLA at No. 9 Oregon (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Anaheim (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Anyone else have the moves like Wes Welker