Gridiron Flashback

*For several weeks during the 2019-2020 Everett High School football season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from decades into the past, each including some of the biggest names in EHS football history.

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This week’s Gridiron Flashback takes us back in time to 1996, when Omar Easy powered the Crimson Tide to an undefeated regular season while averaging 8.8 yards per carry. Easy would later be drafted by the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Gronkowski Retires

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By Lorenzo Recupero

Future hall of famer Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL this week, leaving the New England Patriots and its entire fan base at a colossal loss.

The larger than life sized void left by the 29 year-old won’t easily be replaced, but his legacy has shaped football history for years to come and enough for all to appreciate what he offered the game as he walks away from it.

A once wrongly predicated Belichick draft day bust, Gronk boosted the regional football experience in ways that not only our memories of hip-gyrating and ball-spiking end zone celebrations could speak of but the numbers can help relay.

Gronk’s colorful personality always made him a multi-dimensional entertainer and athlete, but to put his gridiron dominance into perspective you’d have to take a closer look at the body of work he complied over a relatively short NFL career.

In just 9 season, Gronkowski tallied totals NFL players can only dream of as he racked up NFL records along the way.

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Back to Bowl … It Never Gets Old

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By Joshua Resnek

It was another historic moment for New England sports fans, and Tom Brady’s arms raised high says it all.

We all watched an extraordinary football contest on Sunday – the aging quarterback GOAT – versus the coming up fast next generation superstar Mahomes.

Let it be remembered that on this night in 2019, we watched one of the most competitive and exciting four-plus quarters of AFC Championship football ever played.

Let it also be remembered that five years from now, such raised arms in the air by a shouting Tom Brady will be a thing of the past – and the glory days of this team something to be savored whenever looking back.

Watching Tom Brady is like watching Babe Ruth. Each time he takes the field, it is another miraculous moment in a past 20 years filled with them.

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A Power Point Performance

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By Lorenzo Recupero 

The New England Patriots laid out the blueprint for how to quiet the naysayers on Sunday.

In the fashion of true greatness, the Patriots pulled a 180 in just one week, quickly turning around dismal play on both sides of the ball while reminding us all who they are: the NFL’s sole dynasty.

The, 38-7, dismantling of the Miami dolphins (3-1), who were one of only a few remaining undefeated teams in the league, serves as proof that the Patriots are back on the right track – and at the least, still the team to beat in the AFC East.

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