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Gronkowski amazed by Welker’s toughness

New England Patriots wide receiver Welker tries to elude Buffalo Bills defenders Barnett and Rogers during third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

Technically speaking, Wes Welker’s questionable on the injury report with an ankle injury.

But his teammates have learned to not be surprised by what he can get back up from.

The dude is one of the toughest dudes I’ve seen,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said of Welker, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “For his size, his body weight, what he does, he has no fear in him. He’s willing to take any kind of shot to make a catch and put his body in the way for the team.

“He’s a great player, a lot of toughness, and he’s a great team player because what he’s doing with his size, to put his body in the way to help out the team is unbelievable.”

The most recent shot, from Bills safety Jairus Byrd, wasn’t the kind of bone-rattling hit Welker has so often taken over the middle. But it did aggravate an ankle injury that has bothered him throughout the year.

Welker said this week he’d “hopefully” be able to play, but he’s not fooling his teammates.

“You see a guy like that going in and getting dirty against guys 100 pounds and heavier than him, it gets you amped up and gets you going, too, thinking I should be the guy doing that, too,” Gronkowski said. “He gets everyone going, and his toughness is a huge part of our team.”

The idea that Gronkowski might play with more abandon than he already does is a little scary, but Welker clearly has that impact on people.

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9 Responses to “Gronkowski amazed by Welker’s toughness”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Nov 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    Being able to party on that ankle after losing the Super Bowl is a toughness that amazes me.

  2. joeytorontosucks says: Nov 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    Has to fight for a paycheck despite being their go-to receiver for years. Gronk and Hern come in and get a muti-year deal right away haha.

  3. xplicitpits says: Nov 17, 2012 2:38 PM

    The hit he took from Browner in Seattle, I was surprised nothing was broke. Welker I think only say out the rest of the series then continued catching balls all over the field. Welker is truly a tough guy & it’s good to see his peers & another tough guy in Gronkowski giving him the respect he deserves. Not a patriots fan!

  4. gtorlone says: Nov 17, 2012 3:02 PM

    “The dude is one of the toughest dudes I’ve seen.”

    Thank you, Gronk, for that incredible sound byte.

  5. atxpatfan says: Nov 17, 2012 3:14 PM

    joeytorontosucks says:Nov 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    Has to fight for a paycheck despite being their go-to receiver for years. Gronk and Hern come in and get a muti-year deal right away haha.
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    ha ha ha shuddup!

  6. atxpatfan says: Nov 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    He’s tougher than one of those little nutcracker dudes. Yo soy fiesta!

  7. dbones750 says: Nov 17, 2012 3:29 PM

    Gronk drops some ridiculous quotes. He’s the Shaq of the NFL.

  8. atxpatfan says: Nov 17, 2012 3:55 PM

    coltzfan166 says:Nov 17, 2012 1:41 PM

    Being able to party on that ankle after losing the Super Bowl is a toughness that amazes me.
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    Pretty colors probably “amaze you” as well.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 17, 2012 9:54 PM

    “joeytorontosucks says:
    Nov 17, 2012 1:55 PM
    Has to fight for a paycheck despite being their go-to receiver for years. Gronk and Hern come in and get a muti-year deal right away haha.”

    Um, how is getting paid 9 million dollars for one year’s work “fighting for a paycheck ?

    That enough money for one year’s work so he never has to work another day in his life if he doesn’t want to, and his family can live a very wealthy style if he manages it correctly.

    Thanks for playing but you’ll have to do better than that

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