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Jonathan Kraft defends Rob Gronkowski

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has taken a great deal of criticism this week for taking off his shirt and dancing the night away at a party hours after New England lost Super Bowl XLVI.

But Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said in an interview on ESPN Boston Radio that he supports Gronkowski as a great competitor who cares deeply about the team.

“One thing I do know is the guy is 100 percent a passionate when it comes to football,” Kraft said, via the Boston Herald. “He loves football. He wants to win. He doesn’t like losing. I don’t know specifically what people are questioning, but he’s an ultimate competitor. We’re excited he’s on our football team. I think the team did accomplish a lot this year. Unfortunately, we fell a little bit short of the ultimate goal. I do think that he and the other players probably have different ways of both celebrating what we were able to achieve and dealing with the disappointment of the night, and I think it’s hard to personalize how any individual would deal with that and project it on someone else. I’d probably leave it at that.”

Kraft added that Gronkowski does “everything and then some that he’s asked to do. . . . He hasn’t broken any laws, he hasn’t done anything else, and I think it’s hard to place value judgments.”

PFT Planet appears to be evenly split on the matter, with 46 percent objecting to Gronkowski’s postgame antics, 43 percent having no problem with the after-party and 11 percent having no opinion.

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  1. kd75 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    Had my team lost the Super Bowl, I’d have gotten a 6-pack and a cheeseburger and gone to my hotel room to watch PPV movies with the lights out until I fell asleep.

    And I’m a fan, not a player.

    Maybe that’s just me.

  2. enviroman08 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:47 PM

    He supports him because he is a Beast of a TE …. what team wouldn’t want him…enough said!

  3. dubaradhandi says: Feb 10, 2012 3:48 PM

    Classy owner. That’s why they win tooooooo much. Now sign welker, lloyd, Mario Williams…..all set for the next run.

  4. steelerfanjo says: Feb 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    So a proven cheater defends a bad dancer? Again… who cares, the NFL needs to disband the Patrios and move on.

  5. zaggs says: Feb 10, 2012 3:54 PM

    I think Chase Blackburn did a better job of defending Gronkowski.

  6. schmitty2 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    People can debate all day if Gronk was right or wrong but you can’t debate he was one of the biggest reasons they got the the Super Bowl in the first place

  7. whatnojets says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    This was at a Patriots sponsored, close door, by invitation only after Super Bowl Party!

    The 22-year-old joined left tackle Matt Light dancing on stage during a performance by LMFAO at the Patriots’ post-game party.

    Gronkowski and Light are both shown with their shirts off at one point, but perhaps more disturbing to Patriots fans are the moves Gronkowski shows

  8. pixelito says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Oh you fell short alright….
    :)

  9. delpiero1980 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Kraft might have a point but partying right after a Super Bowl loss with his shirt off is just plain wrong. Gronkowski….you are not 18 anymore and this is not a Varsity loss!!

  10. iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Not enough attention has been paid to Rob Gronkowksi being caught on video dancing after the Super Bowl.

    Can someone please make a joke about this? I’ve been waiting for one.

  11. ham1 says: Feb 10, 2012 3:59 PM

    A healthy Gronk and the Pats never look back in that Superbowl. The drop by Welker wouldnt even have been so glaring. Giants played great.
    Pats are still better. That will prove out next year.

  12. beerbaron says: Feb 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    The NFL disbanding the Patriots is the only chance the Steelers have of making it to New Orleans next year.

    Your defense should be heading out from the shuffleboard game to the early-bird dinner special just about now.

  13. rmc1995 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:02 PM

    Fess up 11%. Who are you? Why would you vote to say you have no opinion?

  14. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    You really should leave “No Opinion” off your polls.

    Just by virtue of it’s nature, it is going to be wildly underrepresented because the vast majority of people who have no opinion won’t vote.

    In fact, basically by putting that option there, you are exposing that at minimum, 11% of the viewers of this blog are lunatics who will go to the trouble of stating that their opinion of something is that they don’t have an opinion of it.

  15. dubaradhandi says: Feb 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    Steelerfanjo…..disband pats…I know thats the only way your team can win. now say with me. …..te….bow….

  16. barneyfifeactionfigure says: Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    It is not quite as bad as Josh Beckett eating fried chicken and getting drunk in the clubhouse, but it does make you wonder if Gronkowski and Light really care about losing. It also makes me, as a fan, feel like a chump for caring more about a football game than the players actually playing in the game.

  17. whatnojets says: Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    delpiero1980 says:
    Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM
    Kraft might have a point but partying right after a Super Bowl loss with his shirt off is just plain wrong. Gronkowski….you are not 18 anymore and this is not a Varsity loss!!

    Don’t you get it?!!??

    The New England Patriots organization paid for this party! They sponsored the party! It was a closed door, VIP ONLY party!!

  18. hooterdawg says: Feb 10, 2012 4:07 PM

    test

  19. jagsfan1 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    He is the living, breathing definition of a MEATHEAD.

    I wonder what would have happened if he was on a losing team with Dick Butkus and pulled that crap. Just sayin’

  20. xxsweepthelegxx says: Feb 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    People are acting like the guy SAT OUT the SB to nurse his high ankle sprain and THEN got wasted and danced the night away. Give the guy a break…he played his heart out the whole year…including the SB. Let him blow off some steam at a PRIVATE party with his teammates.

  21. packattack1967 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    Besides, how do we know what all 53 guys of the last 45 loosing super bowl teams did after they lost.

  22. jjrs89 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    That 110%, dorkasaraus

  23. randygnyc says: Feb 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Schmitty, it’s a 2 way street. Gronk may have been a main reason why the pats got to the super bowl and primarily the reason they went home losers.

  24. jamaltimore says: Feb 10, 2012 4:24 PM

    He can run and he can dance but he like Mr. Bunchen and butterfingers welker CAN”T take a HIT from Bernard Pollard! Who’s it’s gonna be next year when the 1st losers dance their way down to the big ATM!

  25. nebster21 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:27 PM

    To the people that disagree with the way Gronk handled himself. Do you not go out with your friends at all? You lost at life but I am sure you still party.

  26. joker65 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t understand why people would want him to just go back to his hotel room and sulk all night. What good does that do? Personally, he may have thought the best way to get over the loss is to get his mind off of it, which is what he did.

    If he did this the night before the game, then you’d have a reason to be upset. But the game was over, sulking serves no purpose at all. Move on or move out!!!!

  27. billsfan1 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:32 PM

    Ironic how pats fans are calling out the steelers. Didn’t Pittsburgh win the bowl more recently? Here is an Idea, wfigure out how to beat Eli first

  28. pixelito says: Feb 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    I see Patriots fans are still downright miserable after their second Superbowl loss to the mighty GMEN.

    Give me a thumbs down if you agree ;)

  29. schmitty2 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:40 PM

    randygnyc says:
    Feb 10, 2012 4:15 PM
    Schmitty, it’s a 2 way street. Gronk may have been a main reason why the pats got to the super bowl and primarily the reason they went home losers.

    It’s his fault that a defender fell on his ankle and almost broke it thus rendering him limited in the Super Bowl?

  30. deebo92 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:41 PM

    Nobody can defend Gronkowski

  31. ampats says: Feb 10, 2012 4:42 PM

    billsfan1,

    is a fan of a team who has not been in a playoff game in this CENTURY but is calling out fans of the team of the decade.

    Now that’s ironic !

  32. pitchblack816 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:43 PM

    He did the same thing at a relative’s wake once too. Must be the way he mourns.

  33. whatnojets says: Feb 10, 2012 4:43 PM

    On a more important note, anybody know where Brett Farve is these days??? Kinda miss the guy!!

  34. whatnojets says: Feb 10, 2012 4:44 PM

    I wonder what Rex Ryan has to say abou this!

  35. beerbaron says: Feb 10, 2012 4:44 PM

    Hey billsfan figure out how to keep your team from moving to Canada before you come at the class of the AFC.

  36. reachmylevel says: Feb 10, 2012 4:55 PM

    ham1 says:
    Feb 10, 2012 3:59 PM
    A healthy Gronk and the Pats never look back in that Superbowl. The drop by Welker wouldnt even have been so glaring. Giants played great.
    Pats are still better. That will prove out next year.

    ham, seriously. No offense, but it seems that the Giants have the Pats number in head to head competition. Key match-ups have not been kind to N.E. when they play the Giants. Long story, what basis do you or can you say that the Pats are better. Facts do not support such a statement. Sorry!

  37. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:56 PM

    I look at this situation and think of the best athletes to have ever played the game and think of their personality. Michael Jordan would not have been drunk-dancing after a Championship loss. Tom Brady wasn’t seen now, or the last time they lost to the Giants dancing. It’s really simple, he just lost a big game, a game he might never return to again. And, in that game he look hobbled and was M.I.A. (Not the singer). It would bother me if I saw a favorite of mine dancing like a twit after a Super Bowl loss.

  38. mrv072 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:58 PM

    First, Benard Pollard is a dirty player and the Pats calling out the steelers was when they called them cheaters where Clark and Harrison are notirous for dirty hits… But Brady’s pass was to Welker was lousy but Welker should have caught that ball. Even though I’m a Pats fan, Giants deserved to when that game.

  39. whatnojets says: Feb 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    What’s worse, being a Bills fan or being a Jets fan??

    I

  40. zaggs says: Feb 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    “joker65 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t understand why people would want him to just go back to his hotel room and sulk all night. What good does that do?”

    I don’t think its about wanting him to do anything. its the assumption that he might actually cared what happen. To work all year for that one game, then lose, and just sluff it off like nothing is what people are having a problem with.

  41. barneyfifeactionfigure says: Feb 10, 2012 5:09 PM

    2sausage11 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    And it is still just a GAME not life and death. Would all of you rather see him on a suicide watch

    There is a lot of room between suicide watch and jumping on stage with your shirt off. Is it too much to ask that Gronkowski and Light not act like they are at spring break a few hours after they lost the Super Bowl? I don’t think so.

  42. tedmurph says: Feb 10, 2012 5:11 PM

    It was disappointing the Pats lost a game they could have won. In the end the giants made the plays. But, c’mon, half way thru the season I wouldn’t have bet a nickel they could win a playoff game, never mind get to the SB. They were playing with house money. The game was over, they lost, and blew off some steam after working their butts off. They’re coached to move on after every game, win or lose. What do the couch potato fans want, a team Bataan death march back to Foxboro to mourn the loss? Weak. They lost. Can’t play the game again. Move on. Where are all the 250lb, beer guzzling knuckle draggers that complained that he sucd in the SB and then went dancing. Haven’t heard from them since the news of his surgury came out.

  43. amoses74 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:18 PM

    I laugh at the few LOSERS who always bring up Spygate when the Patriots are in a post. Obviously your team SUCKS compared to the Pats and you cant handle it. 5 superbowls in 11 years, its all because of SPYGATE! hahaha! idiots…..

    most of them probably live in their moms basement.

  44. tedmurph says: Feb 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    chalkruz1989 says:
    Michael Jordan would not have been drunk-dancing after a Championship.
    ———————————————————-
    You don’t know what MJ or most other players do before, during or after games. MJ may have been in a hotel room doing some of those things he’s famous for(trying to please the censors, but I could be more specific). Save your value judgements for things you know about.

  45. mr86ism says: Feb 10, 2012 5:20 PM

    This is such a joke. Last time I checked, its just a game. When my team wins, I go dancing in the street. When my team loses, I get drunk and go dancing in the street. But hey, next time I lose a round of Mario Kart I’ll go sulk in my room.

    Thanks for ruining it for everyone gronk

  46. amoses74 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:21 PM

    Where is loud mouth Sexy Rexy when you need his opinion?

    Hey Rex, I’m taking my socks off right now! maybe that will get his attention!

  47. rigirl1818 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:27 PM

    The kid is 22 years old. Cut him some slack!!! He was letting off some steam from what probably was not only a very difficult night but a very high pressured week. . Who cares

  48. masspi says: Feb 10, 2012 5:38 PM

    Hey Steelerfanjo………
    I just realized what the J O stands for……you freaking HATER…….get a life

  49. 2sausage11 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:39 PM

    barneyfifeactionfigure says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:09 PM
    2sausage11 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:59 PM

    And it is still just a GAME not life and death. Would all of you rather see him on a suicide watch

    There is a lot of room between suicide watch and jumping on stage with your shirt off. Is it too much to ask that Gronkowski and Light not act like they are at spring break a few hours after they lost the Super Bowl? I don’t think so.

    =================
    Did it change the outcome of the game. I think not

  50. freddieizzyb says: Feb 10, 2012 5:43 PM

    dubaradhandi says:Feb 10, 2012 3:48 PM

    Classy owner. That’s why they win tooooooo much. Now sign welker, lloyd, Mario Williams…..all set for the next run.
    ———————————————————-
    funny, would you feel the same if it was The steelers owner defending a player?
    Either way, I agree with you and most people on this one. WHO CARES, he is a young guy who just played in the SB. Let him have a good time

  51. bozosforall says: Feb 10, 2012 5:48 PM

    masspi says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:38 PM
    Hey Steelerfanjo………
    I just realized what the J O stands for……you freaking HATER…….get a life

    __
    Coming from the land of nearly a century of New York Yankee hating, the “hater” accusations reek of hypocrisy.

  52. jerranamo says: Feb 10, 2012 5:49 PM

    Why do people care what he did AFTER the superbowl? The game was over, they lost, and nothing was going to change that.. the guys job was done for the year – let him party.

    Its the NFL, but its still a job to these players – work is done, let him party.

  53. Deb says: Feb 10, 2012 6:24 PM

    As I said before, it’s their business how they handle a Super Bowl loss, but if it had been my team, I’d have been furious. It wouldn’t matter to me if the players let off some steam, but I wouldn’t want to see video of wild shirtless reveling that made it seem they were yukking it up five minutes after breaking my heart. And I wouldn’t want to see a guy whose play was hampered by an injured ankle hopping around on it like a whirling dervish. Just show a little respect for the emotional investment of the millions of fans who are crushed over the loss.

    But kudos to Kraft for defending his player.

  54. axlviking says: Feb 10, 2012 6:39 PM

    It would be interesting to see if the Gronkowski defenders would have been so forgiving if Randy Moss pulled this garbage after the last Super Bowl loss to the Giants…

  55. rodgers419 says: Feb 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    I don’t really care what he’s doing and I don’t see why other people do. The game is over. The season is over. Do whatever the hell you want as long as its legal.

    I guess it’s logical to disprove of his actions because of an injury concern, but people are just mad because he’s having fun. Pat fans are offended Gronk isn’t as miserable as they are. They want him to be miserable. They want company.

  56. raychamberlain says: Feb 10, 2012 6:40 PM

    He had the greatest season EVER for a TE. He’s only 22!?!?! I’d be celebrating too!

  57. j0esixpack says: Feb 10, 2012 6:54 PM

    Gronkowski has sinned.

    According to the Football Bible, Lombardi 3:16: “Though shalt spend no less than six days mourning the loss of a Super Bowl and ye may not have fun til doust pass day four.”

    Ignorance is no excuse… Gronkowski is at risk of going to football limbo also known as the Jets who haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 42 years and counting and have yet to exceed the AFC East titles of the Houston Oilers.

  58. dlmcc1010 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:04 PM

    Whats the problem here? Dont act like he didnt care about the game, he had a severely sprained ankle and was out there playing his hardest.

    He is one of the two reasons the Patriots were even playing in this game. the other is Tom Brady. Yet all some people do is pile on these two guys like theyre the reason they lost or theyre not gamers. Ask a fan of any other team out there, they would all be happy to have these two guys on their team.

    Without them, that team doesnt come anywhere near the playoffs. The dude had a great season and knows he made himself alot of money. Not this off season but probably next. Id say he deserves to enjoy himself a bit.

  59. alan226 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:15 PM

    Oh for crying out loud. He ia a 23 year old KID. Everyone on the team gave it it’s all and came up short. Every team has an end of season break up party. With the advent of camera phones it’s gonna be public. Who cares!!! Move on and get them next year…..

  60. marcuswelby70 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:17 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Feb 10, 2012 3:52 PM
    So a proven cheater defends a bad dancer? Again… who cares, the NFL needs to disband the Patrios and move on.
    ———————————————–
    Weak…very weak!
    Who are the Patrios???

  61. TheWizard says: Feb 10, 2012 7:22 PM

    feel like a chump for caring more about a football game than the players actually playing in the game

    One of the best kept secrets about professional sports.

    You’re not supposed to tell anybody, this is a religion to some people.

  62. CKL says: Feb 10, 2012 7:33 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 10, 2012 6:24 PM
    As I said before, it’s their business how they handle a Super Bowl loss, but if it had been my team, I’d have been furious. It wouldn’t matter to me if the players let off some steam, but I wouldn’t want to see video of wild shirtless reveling that made it seem they were yukking it up five minutes after breaking my heart. And I wouldn’t want to see a guy whose play was hampered by an injured ankle hopping around on it like a whirling dervish. Just show a little respect for the emotional investment of the millions of fans who are crushed over the loss.

    But kudos to Kraft for defending his player.
    ________________________________
    I understand what you’re saying and I respect 100% anyone else’s opinion that they hated to see this. I personally was fine with it.

    Gronk was at a private party and probably thought it was…private. One doesn’t reasonably expect “invite only” people associated with the team to put unauthorized video out of their party. If he were in a bar or another public place or was in Massachusetts even (this party was in Indy under a tent constructed just for this gathering) and acted a little nutty, I think that would support the fan respect aspect even more.

    General thoughts:
    Frankly, Light’s antics surprise me a bit more as he is a respected vet, not a 22 year old kid.

    Funny how people defend Gisele saying she was having a private conversation and didn’t know she was being recorded…but she was in a PUBLIC PLACE. Not only that, she has been stalked by paparazzi for probably 10+ years and KNOWS that public does not = private. But the same outrage for being recorded in a more private location is not being extended to Gronk.

  63. upyoursnfu says: Feb 10, 2012 7:40 PM

    Where were all the women at this dance club?

  64. 69finfan says: Feb 10, 2012 7:48 PM

    What anybody posting here thinks they would do after “loosing” the SB is irrelevent unless you have played in a SB and lost. It doesn’t matter what Teddy Bruschi thinks, what MJ would have done, what Dick Butkus would have done, etc. The only thing that really matters is what do the majority of Gronks current teammates think about it. If they have a problem with it then they need to address it, if not then everything’s cool. It is just a game and is not life or death and as has been posted he didn’t kill anybody, he didn’t drink and drive, he didn’t even shoot himself in the leg. It’s done, over. Next!

  65. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 10, 2012 7:53 PM

    Anyone who thinks it was crazy of gronk to do is one of several things

    1. Old
    2. Old
    3. A loser who could never hold his own in public in that sort of atmosphere

  66. frenchy121212 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    If he didn’t play in the game I would understand the criticism. He played and gave all he could. What’s the issue? Only nerds who think these guys should have no life other than football don’t get it.

  67. patsfiend says: Feb 10, 2012 8:27 PM

    bozosforall says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:48 PM
    masspi says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:38 PM
    Hey Steelerfanjo………
    I just realized what the J O stands for……you freaking HATER…….get a life

    __
    Coming from the land of nearly a century of New York Yankee hating, the “hater” accusations reek of hypocrisy.
    ===========
    Coming from the biggest front runner on the site who roots for the Yankees AND Lakers AND LSU and is too much of a soft wuss to admit your NFL team, nobody’s comments reek more than yours do, crybaby Bozo.

  68. Deb says: Feb 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    @CKL …

    Agree with you both on Light and the private party aspect. It’s not that I really think Gronk did anything wrong … just that it would have ticked me off to see some of our players celebrating that much when I was so miserable :) But it sucks that these guys can’t do or say anything without some idiot posting it online.

  69. jpb12 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    Defends him?

    Why? Did he punch a hooker? DUI? Beat up a bartender? Moon his grandma?

  70. jaltreality says: Feb 10, 2012 9:07 PM

    I don’t think his effort can honestly be questioned during the season. I think the partying without the shirt off was either tongue-in-cheek or Jersey Shoreish, but that doesn’t change my opinion of the effort he put in this year, which was impressive (and I’m not Pat’s fan).

    I think this is a nonstory, but I suppose we are in the offseason.

  71. buzzbissinger says: Feb 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    Really!?

  72. bozosforall says: Feb 10, 2012 9:43 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Feb 10, 2012 8:27 PM
    bozosforall says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:48 PM
    masspi says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:38 PM
    Hey Steelerfanjo………
    I just realized what the J O stands for……you freaking HATER…….get a life

    __
    Coming from the land of nearly a century of New York Yankee hating, the “hater” accusations reek of hypocrisy.
    ===========
    Coming from the biggest front runner on the site who roots for the Yankees AND Lakers AND LSU and is too much of a soft wuss to admit your NFL team, nobody’s comments reek more than yours do, crybaby Bozo.

     _____

    Did you know that your crush, Tom Brady, grew up a Yankees AND a Lakers AND a Niners fan? Guess in your eyes he is the biggest frontrunner of them all. And I no longer have a favorite football team, since I dropped he Niners after the Yorks took he team over from Eddie DiBartolo. I’m waiting to see which team ends up in Los Angeles so I can actually go to games in my area. It will probably end up being the Jags.

  73. arnoldziffel says: Feb 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    No need to pile on … ol’ 87 was expressing his disappointment in losing the Super Bowl by doing his “Sad Dance” …

    Besides … we learned how high up that high ankle sprain actually went – all the way up to his head.

    Anybody wanna bet … I don’t think we’ve seen the last of that dance either. Next season, when a team scores against the Pats … somebody in the end zone is going to be doing “The Gronk.”

  74. horaceivory says: Feb 10, 2012 9:47 PM

    It’s amazing this has become a thing. The guys drowned their sorrows at a team party and blew off steam. People deal with things in different ways.

    Gronk has caught dozens of passes over the middle without ever bailing out that I can remember. Dove into the endzone, got flipped on his head, got up and spiked it. Have watched Matt Light in the trenches for 11 or 12 years. Watch the NFL Films cut of the AFC Championship. When the Ravens were on their last drive, Light was pounding his fist on the bench and couldn’t watch the game because the offense hadn’t put game away and it was in doubt. I don’t question those guys.

  75. commandercornpone says: Feb 10, 2012 9:49 PM

    suicide watch? call vince young (aka uncle rico).

    dancing shirtless? also call vince young (aka uncle rico).

  76. raiders757 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:59 PM

    What’s the big deal? The guy was celebrating the first and only Super Bowl experience he’ll ever have. Win, or lose, he should soak in an experience that most players will never have. More than likely, the Patsies have seen their last Super Bowl for a very long time.

    I don’t agree with his actions, but odds are, he’ll never get another chance to enjoy the benefits of performing on America’s biggest stage.

  77. horaceivory says: Feb 10, 2012 11:04 PM

    Ha. He’ll be back soon. I’m sure he’d have a better chance getting there if he was on a silver and black team that has sucked for the last decade and will continue to for decades to come cause they trade all their draft picks for chitty washed up quarterbacks.

  78. nomesayin says: Feb 10, 2012 11:24 PM

    lol
    “No Opinion”? It always kills me when someone actually takes the time to vote in a poll that they have no opinion. lolol. “Where’s the poll? Oh! There it is. Now, where’s the ‘No Opinion’ button. Ah. There…”

    What if it’s this: “Gronk, what the hell were you dancing for?”
    “We had a GREAT season, & we fought right down to the last play of the game! I’m PROUD of what we accomplished. F.U.! We’ll be back! I’m going dancing!”

  79. sportsrube90 says: Feb 11, 2012 12:04 AM

    So let get this straight. People are mad because a guy has decided to not let a game( yes i know the super bowl) screw up his life and make him depressed? It’s not like he was breaking the law or doing anything wrong. He was out having a good time. And another thing is that does anyone ever question this guy’s passion for the game and his effort? To me people are complaining that he is not a perfect human being.

  80. CKL says: Feb 11, 2012 1:54 AM

    Deb says:
    Feb 10, 2012 8:46 PM
    @CKL …

    Agree with you both on Light and the private party aspect. It’s not that I really think Gronk did anything wrong … just that it would have ticked me off to see some of our players celebrating that much when I was so miserable But it sucks that these guys can’t do or say anything without some idiot posting it online.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    I think part of why I don’t mind (besides the fact that Gronk gave his all in the game & played about 75% of the snaps with an injury that required surgery) is that I feel that it’s really remarkable that this version of the Pats even made it to the SB. If this were the 07 team, I would likely be angry because they blew what is probably a once in a lifetime chance at history by losing that game. I know a lot of players don’t care the way we fans do but THAT I would expect every player to sulk over.

  81. rushmatic says: Feb 11, 2012 3:57 AM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Feb 10, 2012 3:52 PM
    So a proven cheater defends a bad dancer? Again… who cares, the NFL needs to disband the Patrios and move on.

    ________________________

    The Steelers should have been shunned since the 70′s, I guess. Your team was a bunch of cheaters, but I’m guessing in your white trash Pittsburgh home, it doesn’t matter.

  82. htimsr40 says: Feb 11, 2012 7:24 AM

    Gronkowski danced. Beli-cheat is playing golf in Cali all week. Coughlin is busy grading out players from the SB and making plans for the next time he has to take BB down in the last minute. Get off the Gronk’s case and ask BB why he wasted two timeouts down the stretch … one on the Manningham challenge and then calling one after the NYG first down. Imagine if Brady had those two timeouts to use on the final drive …

  83. bradymancrush10 says: Feb 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    Bozo,
    its easy, pick one team and stick with them….forever.

  84. waxedagain says: Feb 11, 2012 9:25 AM

    Gronk had already embarrassed the
    Pats by posing shirtless with a pornstar. Now the owner’s son has become Gronks enabler, and forgives Gronk for demonstrating he wasn’t hurt too badly to prevent that INT.

  85. scoregasmic says: Feb 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    What’s he supposed to do? Go home and cry all night? I’d rather go celebrate the fact that they got to the super bowl and how historic gronks season was. But if you guys would rather sit at home by yourself sure go for it, if I was him I’d be out trying to forget all about it, what gronk did is fine…even if his dance skills are questionable

  86. patriotera says: Feb 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    Hearing about this helped me get over the loss. I realized the people actually playing the game didn’t let it ruin their day so why should I feel so bad. And it helped me step back and realize if “your team” wins or loses it really doesn’t matter because you don’t get that big fat pay check and my doctor isn’t going to fix my back.

  87. Deb says: Feb 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    @CKL …

    I know what you mean. SBXXX just wiped me out. Still does. And I doubt any of those players was partying the night away. But XLVI didn’t have close to the same impact. I’m still more surprised we were there than I am that we lost.

    Apologies for steelerfanjo. Apparently he was dropped on his head as a child.

  88. Deb says: Feb 11, 2012 1:57 PM

    @CKL …

    I meant SBLV. See … can’t even remember the number :D

  89. CKL says: Feb 11, 2012 3:05 PM

    Deb says:
    Feb 11, 2012 1:57 PM
    @CKL …

    I meant SBLV. See … can’t even remember the number
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    Weird how XLV had guys who used to coach together on the same staff but now are on opposing sidelines too just like this one did.

    BB’s teams do tend to struggle a bit against his old compadre’s teams (even in wins)because they know how he thinks. Guess I wasn’t that surprised the NYG won .

  90. Deb says: Feb 11, 2012 5:37 PM

    @CKL …

    That’s what helped with SBLV–knowing Coach Capers and former defensive players Darren Perry and Kevin Greene were getting their long-deserved SB rings. It also helped knowing the XLV team did win their rings in ’08.

    With you guys, I can’t imagine anything worse than the 2007 loss.

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