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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Rob Gronkowski answers questions at elementary school; Alex Rodriguez signs full-time deal with Fox Sports

03.08.17 at 9:46 am ET
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AROUND THE WEB: 

— Rob Gronkowski visited a Massachusetts elementary school on Tuesday to congratulate the students for raising the most money in the statewide One Mission Buzz-Off pediatric cancer fundraiser.

Sheffield Elementary School in Turners Falls raised just under $17,000 for One Mission, a local pediatric cancer charity and 50 people from the school and surrounding community shaved their heads in February. Gronkowski works with One Mission and thanked the school by answering questions from students and posing for pictures.

He was asked about his shoe size, which is 16, said his favorite ice cream is cookies and cream and his pregame snack is chocolate milk and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with smooth peanut butter, not chunky.

When one student asked if he knew Tom Brady, Gronkowski laughed and said “yes.”

Gronkowski also talked about his involvement with the charity since he joined the Patriots.

“I just want to say how incredible it is, how you guys come together as a town, as a school and as a team,” he said. “It’s just like playing football.”

Fox announced Tuesday Alex Rodriguez has signed on as a full-time MLB analyst for Fox Sports for the 2017 baseball season.

Rodriguez has been busy with television ventures since his retirement in 2016. He was an in-studio MLB analyst for Fox during the 2016 postseason, announced the pilot for his own CNBC show, “Back in the Game,” in January and co-hosted Live with Kelly in November.

On top of that, he is also still a special advisor for the Yankees.

In a statement, Rodriguez said: “I’m excited to continue working with the Fox Sports family. It’ll be great to get back on the set with the guys for the regular season and postseason, especially the All-Star Game in my hometown of Miami.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Dont’a Hightower had a positive conversation with Belichick about his future last week. He’s exploring but open to returning,” — Ian Rapoport, in a tweet on Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower

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