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Gronkowski back at Gillette Stadium

The tight end returned to Foxborough for a special occasion.

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On Tuesday, Rob Gronkowski celebrated his 30th birthday. A day later, he celebrated New England's sixth Super Bowl victory once again. The now-retired tight end paid a planned visit to Gillette Stadium Wednesday afternoon for a walk down memory lane with NFL Films.

You may recall earlier this month, we told you about how WR Julian Edelman and twin-brother defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty sat down to record their thoughts about the 2018 Super Bowl-winning season for Films' annual series "America's Game." Gronkowski came back to Foxborough this week to share his experiences as well. He was the fourth and final member of the 2018 Patriots to sit down with NFL Films this offseason as part of this production.

According to the team from Mount Laurel, N.J., this is as early in the offseason as they've ever finished interviewing Super Bowl winners, meaning when they head back to their headquarters, they'll have more time to work on the editing process.

Looking trim and full of life, Gronkowski wore a light grey tee shirt and grey sweat pants with the Patriots logo on the lower left leg as he answered questions for an hour in front of the Films cameras. For the most part, Gronkowski appeared thoughtful and measured in his responses to the producer's questions about last year's roller-coaster ride to another championship. When the cameras weren't rolling, he flashed his signature grin and ebullient laugh while catching up with Patriots staff who'd gathered for the occasion.

Next week, the Patriots begin on-field organized team activity practices (OTAs), followed by minicamp in June. Gronkowski, of course, won't be in uniform and at this point looks very happy with his decision to hang up his cleats, especially after reliving the final season of his successful NFL career.

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