This is the end of the shoulder hit Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, left, delivered to the chest of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Seattle’s win at New England Sunday night. Gronkowski got a punctured lung -- and the tight end plus Patriots’ respect -- from it.
This is the end of the shoulder hit Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, left, delivered to the chest of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Seattle’s win at New England Sunday night. Gronkowski got a punctured lung -- and the tight end plus Patriots’ respect -- from it. Charles Krupa AP
This is the end of the shoulder hit Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, left, delivered to the chest of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during Seattle’s win at New England Sunday night. Gronkowski got a punctured lung -- and the tight end plus Patriots’ respect -- from it. Charles Krupa AP
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Gregg Bell joined The News Tribune in July 2014. Bell had been the director of writing for the University of Washington's athletic department for four years. He was the senior national sports writer in Seattle for The Associated Press from 2005-10, covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season and beyond. He's also been The Sacramento Bee's beat writer on the Oakland Athletics and Raiders. The native of Steubenville, Ohio, is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a 2000 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.