Amid a pandemic-induced sports news drought, NFL player Rob Gronkowski, also known as “Gronk,” gave fans something to cheer about. Just hours after it was reported Gronk wanted to come out of retirement to play with his former teammate Tom Brady, sports journalist Ian Rapoport confirmed the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers had agreed on a way to make that happen.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 21, 2020
The Patriots agreed to trade Gronk and their seventh-round draft pick in exchange for the Buccaneers’ fourth-round draft pick. In March, Brady announced he was leaving the Patriots to play for the Buccaneers.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) April 21, 2020
As close friends, teammates, and an explosive duo on the field, Gronk has previously said he would not want to play football with any other quarterback, claiming he and Brady have an irreplaceable chemistry. Brady’s love for Gronk is mutual. “I love the guy. He has had a big impact on my career personally, professionally,” Brady once said on local Boston sports radio.
Despite what many NFL fans or anti-Pats fans want to believe, there is something about Gronk that is lovable. From joking with reporters in the locker room, to provocative touchdown celebrations, here are some of the best Gronk moments:
Following his team’s AFC Championship win over the Chiefs in 2019, Brady posted a video of him and Gronk smirking to the “Bad Boy For Life” lyrics “We ain’t goin’ nowhere.”
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The combination of Gronk’s big personality and big talent is perhaps best embodied by what is known as “The Gronk Spike.”
Gronk is also a man of many cultures.
Gronk has a thing for the big screen.
During his apparently short-lived retirement, Gronk appeared as the White Tiger on the Fox game show “The Masked Singer,” where he performed versions of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations” and Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy.”
It's been a wild ride with @RobGronkowski! 🐯
— The Masked Singer (@MaskedSingerFOX) April 2, 2020
During a 2017 White House visit, Gronk offered his help to former press secretary Sean Spicer at the daily press briefing.
I don’t know what this is, but it’s weird.
It’s probably impossible to compile all the great Gronk moments, but the Patriots tried to capture some of the Gronkiest off the field.