New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski Sounds Much More Mature Than a Year Ago

By Ryan Heckman
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

We all know this guy. He’s the party animal of every group, I’m sure. I’ll bet that growing up, Rob Gronkowski was “the man” in his circle of friends. It wasn’t a party until Gronk showed up. Up until this point in his career, that’s somewhat of the opinion many had of the tight end. He seemed a bit too juvenile and just couldn’t stay away from a party.

Whether or not that has changed, I don’t know. Don’t get me wrong, either, there’s nothing wrong with a professional athlete partying. Gronkowski just happened to be in places that the media got ahold of him and, well, it’s a wrap from there.

After a handful of surgeries over the last several months, Gronkowski looks set to make his return hopefully this week if not next week for the New England Patriots. They would love to have him on the field this Sunday as they take on the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Last week, the offense failed to score a touchdown and ended with six points on the board — someone is missed dearly.

Gronkowski talked to the media Thursday about his recovery and hopefulness to play Sunday, and needless to say, he sounded as though he’s matured quite a bit over this difficult time.

“I’m just doing whatever the coach asks me to do, out at the practice field with my teammates, [whatever] they ask me to do, just to help the team out to my max ability,” Gronkowski said according to ESPN.

Submitting to his coaches and those above him is a sign of humility and that of a true professional. Gronkowski certainly deserves some respect for his honest interview. Coming back will be not only a great sight for the fans and team, but for him of course too.

“It’s going to be a great feeling, obviously. [I’ve] just been working hard towards that goal and working hard every day to achieve that. It’s going to be exciting, and when it happens, it’s going to be awesome.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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