It might be easier at this point to chronicle what Rob Gronkowski hasn't done this summer.
This week New England's top tight end added two more highlights to his offseason resume: Triple-A celebrity Home Run Derby and The Mag cover model. Might as well get it all in now; Patriots training camp is less than three weeks away.
Gronkowski mashed 17 home runs in two rounds of the Buffalo, New York derby. After starting slow -- hitting just five in round one -- he finished in dramatic fashion by hitting the final 12 when the pressure was on.
He crushed one ball beyond the 325-foot outfield fence. Gronk smash, indeed.
Second place finisher Russ Brandon, CEO for the Buffalo Bills, didn't threaten the title too seriously with just seven home runs. He gave Gronkowski a gracious nod Tuesday morning via Twitter.
Congrats again to @robgronkowski on the W.Great guy and a great ambassador for Buffalo. Russ Brandon (@RussBrandon) July 10, 2012
As for the magazine cover, Gronkowski graces the front of ESPN The Magazine's infamous "Body Issue." This means he's naked -- all but for a large, strategically-placed dot.
I'll let you look that one up for yourselves.
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on. ... Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.