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News Blitz 6/23: Gronk and Batman

Today’s News Blitz has Rob Gronkowski and noted Patriots fan Ben Affleck making some headlines.

In the midst of NFL vacation time that cuts down on daily football news, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski used some of his time off this week to honor young Boston-area student athletes at the Scholar Athletes Celebration at TD Garden.

The Boston Globe notes that Gronk was in attendance at the event as a surprise guest, along with his girlfriend, Camille Kostek.

The Globe also recaps lifelong Patriots fan – and current Batman – Ben Affleck’s appearance on the debut episode of Bill Simmons’ new HBO show entitled "Any Given Sunday with Bill Simmons." The paper describes Affleck as "lively," including a rant on Deflategate.

The Boston Herald also details Affleck’s HBO visit with Simmons, as does the Providence Journal with a story from the Associated Press. passes along a tale of a young New England fan chanting “Go Patriots” at a youth football camp held by Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. Even Julian Edelman acknowledged the boy's moxie via Twitter.

With such limited content this time of year, reposts notes from 2012 on how team’s like the Patriots scout for 4-3 defensive ends. ranks the top receiver groups in the NFL and ranks the Patriots at No. 3.

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