INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick met with reporters for the last time before Sunday’s Super Bowl this morning, and discussed tight end Rob Gronkowski practicing for the first time since his injury in the AFC Championship. He also made a case for former Patriots coach Bill Parcells’s inclusion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Gronkowski returned to the field yesterday and was able to practice in a limited capacity. His availability against the Giants has been one of the key story lines since his injury, but he ditched the protective boot on Tuesday, practiced yesterday, and appeared to be in good shape after the workout.
“I think he was OK this morning. I don’t think we had any setbacks,” Belichick said. “We’ll see how it goes out there today. He’s coming along, we’ll just have to see where he gets to, but it’s certainly moving in the right direction.”
Parcells is one of 15 finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame, with the voting taking place tomorrow. Belichick spent many years on Parcells’s staff with the Giants, Jets, and Patriots.
“Absolutely. Bill has done a tremendous job in his time in the National Football League,” Belichick said. “Bill has had a great influence on my career and me personally. I can’t imagine he’d be left out of that group.”
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