Despite being the best tight-end in all of football, a lot of people are beginning to become concerned with some of the things Rob Gronkowski is doing off-the-field. From the Super Bowl incident last season to him wrestling shirtless in a Vegas night-club and landing on his injured arm, plenty believe it’s time for him to simmer down.
Even former New England Patriots player and Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest thinks it’s time someone gives Gronk a talking to.
“This kid’s had a lot of success at an early age. He’s probably one of the best tight ends in the league. But he seems to be wired a little different. He did it at the party after they lost the Super Bowl to the Giants where it was kind of the same thing. Certain people handle things differently. But the pile-driving, that wrestling move could have been dangerous to him … I don’t think he should be out doing wrestling moves. It doesn’t make sense especially if you’re in a cast still healing. He’s a vital part of that offense; they need him. They’re paying him a lot of money. He can’t put himself in certain situations where he can possibly hurt himself. He has to be careful. He has to be smarter than that.”
After being in the league for the past three seasons, there hasn’t been a better tight-end. High caliber players often get a longer leash than others and this seems to be the case with Bill Belichick and Gronkowski. But you have to wonder if this organization is clear of the difference between being young and fun and having troubles off the field. It wouldn’t hurt if one of the veterans on the team sat down and spoke to him about his importance to the club, but things aren’t that serious.
Of course the wrestling that could re-aggravate his injury is crossing a line that the Patriots could be worried about. This past summer Gronk was signed to a six year, $54 million extension making him the highest paid tight end in the league, but with his history of injuries it has to come as a cause of concern how careless he may come off at times. This is the real issue and not his off the field troubles.
As long as he continue to contribute on the field, all of the hush will quiet down, but for now McGinest is right: someone should speak to Gronk.