|It’ll be Gronkowski against Gronkowski on Sunday when Patriots meet Broncos||10.03.12 at 9:17 pm ET|
Last season, we had the Harbowl, a battle of coaching brothers in San Francisco and Baltimore. While the Gronkbowl might not have the same sort of national juice, it’ll still be intriguing when brothers Rob and Chris Gronkowski take part in the Patriots-Broncos game at Gillette Stadium.
Chris, a Denver fullback, is in his third season the league, and has bounced from the Cowboys to the Colts before joining the Broncos before the start of the 2012 season. In his professional career, he has five rushes for 17 yards.
Even though his brother Rob has managed to put up some eye-popping numbers through his first two-plus seasons in the NFL, Chris said Wednesday that doesn’t diminish the level of trash talk between the two, on or off the field.
“It’s all trash talk,” the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Chris said Wednesday. “We’re both on offense so we can’t really go against each other so we just have to talk trash instead.”
There are five Gronkowski brothers, including tight end Dan, who played briefly with New England last season. Who would do a better job of providing a scouting report than one of his brothers?
“They’ve seen the film. They played him last year. They should have a good idea,” Chris said when asked if he gave his teammates any tips on stopping his brother. “I don’t have to go against him, so I don’t really know.
“We played together, but never actually went against each other,” Chris added, laughing. “That was a long time ago, too. Back in the day, I would kill him back then. He was tiny back then.”
When he’s not facing his brothers’ team, Chris remains his biggest fan.
“I try to catch his games. Both my brothers, whenever I can,” he said. “If they’re playing Monday night and we’re playing Sunday, I watch all their games. I watched their playoff games last year, so I’m pretty familiar with the team.”
Chris said he hasn’t heard from his parents as to who they’ll be rooting for.
“I keep asking them who they’re cheering for and they won’t tell me,” he said. “So we’re going to have to see on game day what jersey they are wearing.”
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