Tom Brady isn't the only notable former New England Patriot making his first trip to face his former team. Rob Gronkowski retired ahead of Brady's final year with the Pats, returning to the NFL to pair back up with the legendary quarterback as Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He's a Patriots legend in his own right, winning three Super Bowls with the team. He was a four-time First-Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler for the franchise.
It certainly sounds like Gronk feels very renewed playing for the more free-wheeling Bruce Arians-led franchise. He still has some good memories of his time with the Pats, as you'd imagine. In a Q&A with ESPN, he recounted some of his favorite restaurants and summer vacation spots throughout New England.
His favorite perk of being a Patriot though? Courtside seats to see the Boston Celtics.
"Going to the Celtics games. They would hook us up, front row," Gronk said, when asked about the thing he misses the most about playing in New England. "Just to go check out an NBA game, being right there on the court, was always really cool."
Gronk's NFL career began in the midst of an incredible sports run for Boston as a whole. He was a part of three of the six Belichick/Brady-era Super Bowl teams. The Boston Red Sox took home World Series titles in 2013 and 2018, their third and fourth of the 21st century, after breaking the famous Curse of the Bambino in 2004. In 2011, the Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1972, and added conference titles in 2013 and 2019. The Celtics' last title came two years before Gronk's career began in 2010, but they've been an Eastern Conference contender most of the time since, and the atmosphere at TD Garden is certainly fantastic.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski's return to New England gets the Sunday Night Football treatment, with kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.