Jeff Zelevansky

Josh McDaniels on which Patriots should, shouldn’t get behind wheel — and it’s exactly who you think

THROWBACK: Gronk pulls double duty at Chicago

LOUDON, N.H. — Following the lead of New England Patriots players Julian Edelman (July 2014), Rob Ninkovich (July ’15) and Matt Light (September ’16), offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels kept up with a recent New Hampshire Motor Speedway tradition to lead the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field to green as the pace car driver in Sunday’s Overton’s 301 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The coach, who took part in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history this past February, met with media prior to the race and gave his thoughts on which of his players would be great at driving a race car … and which wouldn’t.

Both answers shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“(Tom) Brady would be as competitive as anybody,” McDaniels said of the future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. “If you play cards with him, he wants to kick your butt. It doesn’t matter what the competition is; ping pong, pool. If you put him behind (the wheel of) a race car, I’m sure he would try to master that skill, just like he’s tried to master the skills that are really important in his sport, too.”

McDaniels was immediately asked a follow-up of which player he would not like to see behind the wheel, and before the question was even finished the 41-year-old blurted out, “Gronkowski.”

He’s referring, of course, to 6-foot-6-inch tight end/man-child Rob Gronkowski, known for his partying and mischievous antics.

Got some bad news for you, though, Josh — not only did “Gronk,” keep the Super Bowl celebration going by partying in Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway this past February when fellow Monster Energy athlete Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500, he led the NASCAR XFINITY Series to green as the pace car driver at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015.

And he did a fine job.