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Rob Gronkowski breaks the mold

Playful TE can tweak Pats' all-business approach as long as they keep winning

Updated: October 29, 2012, 5:58 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

LONDON -- The New England Patriots have become synonymous with a business-first, buttoned-up approach. It's a culture that hard-driving head coach Bill Belichick has acknowledged isn't for everyone.

A player enters the locker room and he almost always falls into line. If he doesn't ... well, he usually isn't in the locker room for very long.

Then came Gronk.

When the Patriots selected tight end Rob Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft, 42nd overall, ...

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