May 21, 2024


Gronkowski thought the NFL can be like “Any Given Sunday” till he met Tom Brady.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Jim Davis/Globe Workers
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It didn’t take Rob Gronkowski lengthy to make his mark with the Patriots.

He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns throughout his second season. The all-pro tight-end later gained 4 Tremendous Bowls catching passes from Tom Brady.

However, what was it like when Gronkowski first met Brady throughout his rookie season?

Gronkowski shared some reminiscences and preliminary impressions of Brady with Jason and Travis Kelce on the New Heights podcast.

Brady was greater than a decade into his profession and had gained three Tremendous Bowls by the point the Patriots drafted Gronkowski.

“I used to be within the coaching room, getting my foot or my ankle taped or no matter, and he comes up and he’s like, ‘Hey, I’m Tom,” Gronkowski mentioned. “I used to be like, I’ve received to play it cool, too. I used to be like, I’ve received to introduce myself. I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh, I’m an enormous fan’ or something. I used to be like, ‘Oh, I’m Rob.’ Nevertheless it was hilarious, as a result of it was like, ‘Yeah, Tom, I do know you’re Tom, dude.’”

Gronkowski mentioned he got here into the NFL pondering it could be just like the 1999 movie “Any Given Sunday,” which starred Jamie Foxx and Al Pacino.

He mentioned that Brady helped him notice that life within the NFL was not just like the film.

“I’m like, this isn’t something like “Any Given Sunday,” Gronkowski mentioned of his first few interactions with Brady. “This man is yelling at me if I mess up a tad bit. This man is yelling at me like a coach. He’s yelling at me extra. It took me a bit to comprehend the place it was coming from and what the love was for. He was type of arduous on me at first as a result of I feel he noticed some expertise in me and the chance that was introduced in entrance of me.”

Brady noticed the traits that might finally flip Gronkowski into one of many NFL’s premier tight ends.

“Each single day after apply, he would make me keep,” Gronkowski mentioned. “He would make like two different rookies keep, and he’d be like, ‘We’re getting on the identical web page’. And he’d be throwing move after move, route after route, and I used to be like man I simply took first group, and I simply took second group (reps).”

Gronkowski mentioned issues started to click on about midway via his rookie season when he realized how Brady wished issues to get finished. By the beginning of his second season with the Patriots, he felt like he had the sport “right down to a science.”

The additional reps labored out for Gronkowski and Brady. However, Gronkowski mentioned he was grateful for the uncommon events when Brady forgot to throw with him after apply.

“On the times he forgot, I used to be like, ‘Oh, thanks’, as a result of his children are right here and he would run over to his children. I used to be like, ‘Thanks, children,’” Gronkowski mentioned with fun.