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Rob Gronkowski’s Health, Not Behavior, Should Concern New England Patriots

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski has garnered a lot of attention over the past month for his behavior off the football field. Yet again this off-season, photos and videos have surfaced showing (a likely intoxicated) Gronkowski dancing and partying it up at clubs. This has raised many concerns across the league, and some think it’s time for the talented tight end to grow up.

To me, the issue with Gronk is not with his behavior. The guy is in his early twenties, he’s rich and famous – so what if he likes to have a good time. Sure, he could probably do it in more of a low-key fashion, but that’s apparently not his style. I can respect that.

The more relevant issue concerning Gronk is his health. Each of his past two seasons have been greatly altered by injuries. It was an ankle in 2011, and a broken arm in 2012. You could even make a case that a healthy Gronkowski could have propelled the New England Patriots to Super Bowl victories, but it wasn’t meant to be.

If I’m the Patriots, I’m hoping this guy quits getting hurt, and maybe along the way he tones down the partying. If he can’t stay on the field, that’s a much bigger issue than acting-a-fool at some night club. The Pats need a fully healthy Gronkowski to win the Super Bowl, plain and simple.

It’s too early to tell if Gronk is indeed the stereotypical injury prone star that never realizes his ultimate potential. I don’t think that’s the case, but after two serious injuries in consecutive seasons, you have to wonder.

Fans need to stop caring about his party habits, and need to hope he can play a full season to try and bring another Lombardi trophy back to New Enlgand.

 

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