Jalen Ramsey Clarifies Comments About Patriots' Gronkowski

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

But Ramsey spoke to reporters on Thursday and sought to clarify his message a bit.

Not all of it was headline-grabbing. "You gotta play it - I don't believe in having friends on the field", he said. "I mean, I don't really go into statistics like that". Right now we're focused on our preparation for the game. Without hesitation, Ramsey answered... "I love you, but you know that", Ramsey said.

"Football is not a game meant to be played being nice to each other and all that, like Kumbaya. After the game is over with all of that is cool".

"Nah, I definitely would". "Would she hit me back?"

Ramsey added that granny "might not get up from one of my licks".

That afternoon started with Brady and Ramsey exchanging barbs during warmups and ended with the Patriots erasing a 10-point deficit in the final 15 minutes to earn a 24-20 victory and a return trip to the Super Bowl.

That was made clear with Ramsey's blunt analysis of the National Football League's quarterbacks, and with his commentary on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Ramsey honestly and entertainingly made headlines last month with his comments in ESPN The Magazine and GQ that were less than complimentary about certain National Football League players.

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Ramsey's teammates said his often-biting words are what make Ramsey the player he is. "Let me say - I don't think Gronk is as great as people think he is". Asked Thursday about his comments, Ramsey said he "might be insane".

He said he isn't concerned about Ramsey's comments providing the Patriots bulletin board material.

That reporter informed Ramsey that Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Walsh said that anyone who believes Gronkowski is overrated would qualify as being insane.

It's nearly enough to leave Ramsey speechless when it comes to the likes of Gronkowski and Brady.

"He's good", Ramsey said. "He's good, now. We ain't going to get it twisted". "I think everyone, whenever you play some of the best teams, you want to see where you're measured up to, and that defense was ranked very high all past year, and I could see why".

"I don't live my life with regrets, man. Things happen". I'm sure I'm going to have opportunities to go versus him.

"He's a special guy, so we have to play for 60 minutes and maybe more because it's never over with him", Campbell said.

So Gronkowski should expect the grandma treatment on Sunday - if Ramsey lines up on him. Nor would he have been expected to. I'm sure he's going to have opportunities to go versus me. "If it happens, it happens".

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