Survey: Gronk is the sixth most-liked player in NFL

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Survey: Gronk is the sixth most-liked player in NFL

Rob Gronkowski's antics may be causing consternation in Foxboro, but they're playing in Peoria.

Gronk was listed as the sixth most-liked NFL player in a survey taken by Nielsen and its partner, E-Poli Market Research, and reported by forbes.com. According to Forbes, Gronkowski, "who set single season records for touchdowns and receiving yards by a tight end last season, has over 350,000 twitter followers."

The Steelers' Troy Polamalu is listed as the most well-iiked NFL player. Bad news for Tom Brady: He didn't make the Top 10, but five of his QB brethren -- Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Robert Griffin III and Matthew Stafford -- did.

No Patriot made the list of least-liked players, which was led by the Lions' Ndamukong Suh, but Randy Moss ("With Terrell Owens no longer around, Moss takes over as the NFL's premier wide receiver diva") did check in at No. 4.

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

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Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

At Tuesday night’s Patriots Premiere event, tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with the 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to have received the award that is named for the late Ron Burton. The first player the Patriots organization ever drafted, Burton was well-known for his charitable work.

“Ever since I’ve been here, following the Krafts, the whole Kraft family, from Myra Kraft, Mr. Kraft, all his sons, seeing everyone lead by example, how they give back to the community every single week was just an honor to see,” said Gronkowski, “I just wanted to be a part of it and give back to the community in a positive way.”

Those who have received the award in the past include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," said Kraft. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.' He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year's Ron Burton Community Service Award."

Gronk, never shy about cracking a joke, entertained the crowd like only he can.

“Who would have ever thought five years ago when I was on ESPN every weekend drunk that I’d be accepting this award?”

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.