|How does Rob Gronkowski feel about Tom Brady appealing Deflategate suspension? ‘He’s sexy’||05.23.16 at 11:12 pm ET|
When asked about quarterback Tom Brady appealing his Deflategate suspension Monday night at Rob Ninkovich’s ping pong charity event at Blazing Paddles outside Fenway Park, Rob Gronkowski gave a typical Rob Gronkowski answer.
NECN’s Kathryn Sotnik approached Gronkowski as he walked into the event and asked what his thoughts were on Brady appealing his suspension.
“He’s sexy,” Gronkowski replied.
Inside at the event, Ninkovich took a different approach when asked about the saga.
“What’s that? I don’t even know. I’m just here having fun with my teammates,” he said.
Below is video of Sotnik’s interaction with Gronkowski (fast forward to :50 mark).
|Tom Brady wishes Rob Gronkowski happy birthday on Facebook||05.14.16 at 3:18 pm ET|
Tom Brady took to Facebook on Saturday to wish Rob Gronkowski a happy 27th birthday.
The Patriots quarterback joked by writing: Happy birthday to my spirit animal Rob Gronkowski -Gronk! Extending your curfew to 11 tonight… Have fun!!!
|Despite ‘stupid’ Deflategate, Rob Gronkowski expects Tom Brady to play all 16 games in 2016||at 10:50 am ET|
Rob Gronkowski is expecting Tom Brady to be on the field for all 16 games despite currently being suspended the first four games for his role in Deflategate.
“I feel like he’s going to be playing 16 games again,” Gronkowski said via ESPN.com. “I feel that’s the way that it’s been going on, and that’s the way it’s going to work. …. It’s the same thing as last year. It’s kind of just dragging on. It’s pretty stupid to the point where it’s at — that it hasn’t been resolved yet.
“But everyone just keeps on grinding. You’ve got to focus on what you’ve got to focus on. Myself, what I’ve got to focus on, is becoming the best player I can be in the offseason right now. No matter who’s at quarterback, you’ve got to be prepared and be ready to help out the team.”
Gronkowski was surprised Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated a few weeks ago.
“It was actually a surprise — a surprise to everyone,” Gronkowski said. “I thought it was totally done (the Deflategate saga). It was crazy just even seeing that happen again. It’s kind of getting stupid, getting to the point where it’s at now — why it’s still going on and all.”
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|Rob Gronkowski named ‘Madden ’17’ cover athlete, calls it ‘surreal’||05.12.16 at 7:06 pm ET|
The Gronk legend keeps getting bigger.
EA Sports announced Thursday that it has chosen Patriots all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski for the cover of “Madden NFL ’17.”
This might call for a celebratory “Gronk” spike.
The announcement came Thursday night on the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter. Earlier Thursday, Gronkowski landed another big cover as the front man of the June issue of GQ.
Gronkowski, who turns 27 Saturday, is the first tight end chosen for the “Madden” cover and is also the first Patriots player to be selected.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 12, 2016
“My rookie year [in 2010], it was just an honor to be in the game, just using yourself as a player, throwing yourself the ball every single time you can at home, just playing the game,” Gronkowski told SportsCenter. “Now it’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.
“When I first found out, I was blessed. It was a surreal moment. It’s been a great day.”
|Unearthed pre-draft evaluations from 2010 reveal Raiders thought Rob Gronkowski was ‘best all-around player in the draft’||05.09.16 at 9:22 am ET|
You always have to take what you find on the Internet with a grain of salt, but the recent discovery of what appears to be a 2010 draft scouting guide that may or may not have belonged to the Raiders is fascinating to read on a number of levels. First, it provides some insight into the scouting process: the grading system, how a player is evaluated and what measureables a team stresses when it comes to making their final decision. There are a handful of intriguing prospects examined from that spring as well, including Dez Bryant, Kam Chancellor, Demaryius Thomas, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, and what the Raiders think of them and what they can bring to the NFL.
From a New England perspective, it’s also interesting because they have a complete breakdown of tight end Rob Gronkowski. Under strong points, they call him the “best all-around player in the draft,” and praise his “good physical build,” as well as the fact that he “does not go down easy after the catch.” Ultimately, the Raiders proclaim Gronkowski as a scheme fit who is an “all around (tight end),” despite the fact that he did not play in 2008 due to a back injury.
Oakland fans are left to wonder what might have been — the Raiders had one chance to take Gronkowski (with the eighth overall selection) before New England drafted him at No. 42 overall. Oakland instead took linebacker Rolando McClain at No. 8, perhaps thinking that, despite their sterling evaluation of Gronkowski, using a top 10 pick on him was still a bit of a reach. (One alert Tweeter reminds us that the Patriots traded up with the Raiders to take the tight end in the second round.)
There’s also a list of “2010 team needs” as diagnosed by the Raiders’ staffers, with a theoretical look at what positions the rest of the league will be targeting when it comes to their picks. Oakland lists the Patriots’ top 5 needs as linebacker, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. For the record, when it came to New England’s 12 picks, the Pats went with two linebackers (Jermaine Cunningham and Brandon Spikes), zero running backs, one wide receiver (Taylor Price) and one defensive back who has played both corner and safety in the NFL (Devin McCourty).
|Rob Gronkowski: Contract ‘not on my mind at all’||04.21.16 at 5:05 pm ET|
As he starts his time in the Patriots’ offseason program, Rob Gronkowski says he has no worries when it comes to his contract situation.
“No, that’s not on my mind at all,” the Patriots tight end said in an interview with For The Win. “I started offseason workouts (this week). It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.”
In March, after the Patriots picked up Gronkowski option that will keep him around Foxboro through 2019, he Tweeted out that the move “basically equals a pay cut the next (four) seasons,” a statement that led some to believe that he was unhappy with his current deal, especially after seeing the likes of Dwayne Allen sign a four-year, $30 million contract with the Colts.
Gronkowski said the focus right now is “just playing football again.”
He added: “Whenever you’re away from it for a little bit, it feels good. But after a little bit, I miss it so much. And you can’t wait to be back on the field playing games again.”
For more on how many onesies he owns, an update on his new show on Nickelodeon and his thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s last game, check out the full interview here.
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|Via Instagram, new Pats TE Martellus Bennett answers Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski||04.03.16 at 1:48 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski engaged in some social media fun last week (as well as Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola). But when new tight end Martellus Bennett heard about the exchange between the quarterback and tight end, he decided to join in on the hijinks.
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