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When Tom Brady steps onto an NFL field, he still appears to be the same ultra-competitive former sixth-round draft pick who willed himself into becoming possibly the greatest quarterback of all time.

But Brady’s favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, says he’s softened his approach with his teammates during training camp as the 40-year-old nears the end of his Hall of Fame career.

“I would say, probably back in the day, he was probably a little more on you if you didn’t get it right, a little bit more in your face. But he’s going on 41 now, I feel like he backed off on that a little bit, which is nice. He used to be mean to me,” Gronkowski said lightheartedly after Wednesday’s practice, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Now he’s not to these young guys anymore.”

According to Gronk, though, Brady isn’t showing his age.

“At age 41, there are coaches younger than him on the roster. And he looks younger than the coaches. Just the way he’s moving, just (how) reliable he is at times, is just unbelievable and something to look up to.”

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Despite multiple reports stating that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wants a revised contract, the star player is insisting that he never considered holding out of training camp.

“No, haven’t come close to considering (a holdout),” Gronkowski said Thursday after the Patriots’ first practice of training camp, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Not even one bit. What I can do is keep preparing, keep showing up every day, keep doing what I got to do.”

The star tight end skipped New England’s voluntary offseason program but attended its mandatory minicamp.

Gronkowski led the Patriots last year with 1,084 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. He’s currently the NFL’s fourth-highest paid tight end in terms of average annual value, according to Over the Cap.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady are changing expectations for the career lengths of NFL quarterbacks at ages 39 and 40, respectively.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton credits the lifestyle choices of both quarterbacks for prolonging their careers.

“It’s different now. I mean, it’s different than it used to be,” Payton said on “Going Deep with Dan Schwartzman” on NBC Sports Radio. “When you see Tom Brady and these guys, they’re eating, they’re lifting, they’re sleeping differently. I mean, 25 years ago, Len Dawson was having cigarettes at halftime.

“It’s changed a lot … When you take that and the work ethic and the talent and put it all together, you get the Drew Brees and you get someone special,” said Payton.

Brady is coming off an MVP-winning 2017 season that concluded with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Brees led the league with 386 completed passes and a completion percentage of 72.0 while throwing for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Len Dawson, meanwhile, enjoyed a 19-year career from 1957-75. The Hall of Fame quarterback made seven Pro Bowls and was twice named an All-Pro over a career split between the Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns, Dallas Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Some real estate just opened up in the NFL.

Four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revisannounced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday after 11 seasons.

Revis played for the New York JetsTampa Bay BuccaneersNew England Patriots, and, most recently, the Kansas City Chiefs.

In his statement, the 33-year-old credits himself with bringing “fun and excitement to the term ‘shutdown corner,’ which was nearly on the verge of extinction.” He concludes with “Long live Revis Island,” a reference to his nickname.

The Jets selected Revis 14th overall in the 2007 draft and he played his first six years with New York. After a torn ACL limited him to two games in 2012, he was traded to the Buccaneers, where he spent just one Pro Bowl season before being released.

He signed with the Patriots for the 2014 campaign and was named an All-Pro for the third and final time. He started all 16 games and won the only Super Bowl of his career before returning to the Jets for the start of the 2015 season.

He spent part of 2017 with the Chiefs, starting two games and making three other appearances. He failed to record an interception but defensed two passes.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Tony Romo says people shouldn’t read too much into reports of tension between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Appearing on NFL Network, Romo compared the Belichick-Brady relationship to that of a married couple.

“I just think when you work together for 15, 20 years, whatever it is, I think that, invariably, when you have the success they have, people have to come up with stuff,” he said. “I also think that I’ve been upset with my coaches before, and then you come back and you’re fine. And then you get upset with them, and you come back and you’re fine. It’s a part of sports.

“… I don’t really think there’s a whole lot to it. I think they probably squabble just like any married couple for 20 years and then they also love each other.”

Romo was also asked if he could see Brady playing for another team besides the New England Patriots.

“My rough guess is that he’s going to finish his career in New England, no question,” Romo said.

At nearly 41 years old, Tom Brady can see the end of his NFL journey looming.

In an excerpt from an interview with Oprah Winfrey, set to air Sunday, the New England Patriots star quarterback admitted he’s pondering retirement more often as he wants to spend more time with his children.

“I think about it more now than I used to,” Brady said, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I think I’m seeing there’s definitely an end coming sooner, rather than later.”

Brady has made it clear on numerous occasions that he believes he can play into his mid-40s. However, when pressed on what age he’s aiming to play until by Oprah, the five-time Super Bowl champion refused to get specific.

“As long as I’m still loving it,” Brady said. “As long as I’m loving the training and the preparation and willing to make the commitment. But it’s also, I think what I alluded to a lot in the docu-series (“Tom vs. Time”), there’s other things happening in my life, too.

“I do have kids that I love, and I don’t want to be a dad that’s not there, driving my kids to their games . . . my kids have brought a great perspective in my life. Kids just want the attention. You better be there. And be available to them.”

Brady’s offseason has been dominated by his absence from the Patriots voluntary workouts, a departure from his usual preparations. The NFL’s reigning MVP did report for mandatory minicamp at the start of June, along with Rob Gronkowski, who has also appeared more disconnected from the Patriots since the end of the season.

Not only did the Philadelphia Eagles take down the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, but members of the championship-winning team are also going hard at them in the press.

Lane Johnson has taken shots at the Patriots throughout the offseason, and Brandon Brooks became the latest Eagles player to do so earlier this week, going after both Bill Belichick and his protege, Bill O’Brien.

Prior to joining Philadelphia, Brooks spent four seasons under O’Brien in Houston, and the Pro Bowl guard admitted that playing for such hard-nosed coaches makes some question whether they want to keep going.

“It’s crazy that people haven’t known this,” Brooks said, according to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation. “It’s been this way for like a decade. You’ve seen – Reggie Wayne did it. He retired. He went there (to the Patriots) for a training camp and retired. S— is not fun there. I was under the same regime in Houston (with O’Brien). I almost retired. S— was miserable, every day. Every day.”

Brooks began his career with the Texans under Gary Kubiak, who’s known as a player-friendly coach, and the move to O’Brien was a stark contrast. It’s safe to say the standout offensive lineman is much happier where he is now, playing for Doug Pederson.

“I came in (as a rookie) under Kubiak, who was just an older version of Doug (Pederson), then I went to O’Brien, who was Belichick, and then I came back to Doug, who’s like Kubes. So for me, man, s— was great.”

While the Eagles aren’t scheduled to face the Patriots this year, they do match up with the Texans on Dec. 23.