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Rob Gronkowski Comments on Tom Brady's Deflategate Suspension

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates his touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Rob Gronkowski isn't yet envisioning a future in which Jimmy Garoppolo is the New England Patriots' starting quarterback.  

Gronkowski was a guest on the Thursday edition of SportsCenter as part of the announcement he'll be on the cover of Madden NFL 17. During the course of his interview, Gronk discussed the possibility of Tom Brady missing the first four games of the season, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss:

I feel like he's going to be playing 16 games again. I feel that's the way that it's been going on, and that's the way it's going to work. It's the same thing as last year. It's kind of just dragging on. It's pretty stupid to the point where it's at—that it hasn't been resolved yet. But everyone just keeps on grinding. You've got to focus on what you've got to focus on. Myself, what I've got to focus on, is becoming the best player I can be in the offseason right now.

In April, a United States Appeals Court ruled Brady must serve the four-game suspension NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down last year resulting from the Deflategate investigation. While the Patriots QB ultimately received a reprieve allowing him to complete the 2015 season, he's not so lucky this time around.

Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann explained Brady could ask for a new hearing in front of the appeals court, and should he be unsuccessful there, he'd have to go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"In sum, while the odds are decisively stacked against Brady’s in prevailing in Deflategate litigation, they are not insurmountable," McCann wrote.

Deflategate will all be worth it if it leads to Gronkowski arguing on Brady's behalf in front of the Supreme Court.

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