Rob Gronkowski is the forgotten man in Super Bowl LV. This Sunday will mark his fourth consecutive appearance in the big game, though he did take a brief retirement in 2019. He also didn’t actually play in Super Bowl LI due to injury, but he was on the sidelines.
In other words, Gronk has this early-to-mid-90s Michael Jordan vibe going. But instead of retiring to go play professional baseball, he chose to go party and have fun. I guess he did do that WWE thing for a minute, though.
As creative as the future Hall of Fame tight end has been on the field, he has been equally creative off of it. He demonstrated that once again when he revealed how he avoided filming his sprint sessions during the offseason.
Pats beat writer Mark Daniels tweeted out this Gronk story on Monday, and it’s amazing.
“During virtual offseason workouts, Gronk had to run sprints, record them and send them to the Bucs. So, to get out of it, he’d record himself running sprints in different shirts on the same day. Then, he’d send in the videos on different days.”
During virtual offseason workouts, Gronk had to run sprints, record them and send them to the Bucs. So, to get out of it, he'd record himself running sprints in different shirts on the same day. Then, he'd send in the videos on different days.
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) February 1, 2021
Now, we have to be fair here. That tweet makes it sound like Gronk did it to get out of running, but really, he did it to get out of having to film it every time.
He just didn’t film the workouts every time he didn’t skip workouts. pic.twitter.com/yxghkmODwb
— Caleb Ingram (@The_CalebIngram) February 1, 2021
Do I believe Gronk ran every sprint he was supposed to run without missing a day? No, no I do not. But he didn’t exactly admit to that, so we have to go with the information we have. Either way, it’s an absolutely epic Gronk move.
The story was enough to elicit a response from Pat McAfee, which was also amazing:
I've heard these stories of guys that go on fishing trips, they catch a fish, & take a picture..
Change their shirt, catch another fish, & make it seem like they caught a fish every single day..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 1, 2021
We really don’t deserve Gronk.
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