First and 10: So long, Gronk

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Welcome to first and 10, a roundup of all the (mostly) Patriots-related news you need to start your Monday. Grab your coffee and let’s get to it.

Three thoughts on the retirement of the greatest tight end I ever saw...

1. For almost the last decade, you could talk to the most hard-hearted Patriots' hater out there, and they would run down a list of reasons why they didn't like New England. You'd get to Rob Gronkowski, and inevitably, they'd shrug their shoulders and say, "All right. You got me there. Gronk is cool."