Now that nearly all of the pillars of the Patriots dynasty have retired, fans are starting to get a glimpse behind the curtain with stories of the glory days from guys like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. Typically, most of what went on in New England over those two decades was kept very hush-hush, rightfully so, from Bill Belichick on down.
However, with so many former Patriots beginning new careers as analysts and in other media roles, secrets from the most historic and influential dynasty in sports are trickling out, providing more context to the most successful franchise in the NFL this millennium.
The latest instance happened when Gronkowski appeared on Edelman's YouTube show "Games With Names" to discuss some of the most iconic moments during their Patriots years.
The tight end revealed a little known detail about play calling between him and Brady, sharing how often the quarterback would call an audible and often times not even let the entire offense know about the change.
It's no secret that quarterbacks will get a look at how the defense is lined up and change the play call based on that. You see it in every game, with every team. But hearing Gronkowski say that there were plenty of times that only he and Brady knew what the play was actually going to be is a fascinating aspect of their incredible connection and trust on the field.
It also epitomizes just how good both were at their positions during a much more competitive time in the NFL, which is even more impressive when you consider how unimaginably dominant they were for the entirety of their careers. It's something we have never seen and likely never will again.
Other fascinating stories like this will undoubtedly be shared by players over the years, with Devin and Jason McCourty also in the media, and next season, they'll be joined by Brady as he joins the Fox Sports booth as a commentator for the 2024 season.