Gronkowski shaves head for cancer research

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This has been a frustrating and lingering offseason for Rob Gronkowski, from a medical standpoint.

But the Patriots tight end also knows others have it much worse, and was glad to lend his name (and his hair) to a good cause.

Gronkowski shaved his head to raise money for the “Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off” at Gillette Stadium, where 867 people joined him in going bald for a cause. He came back for a second straight year at the event, which hopes to raise $1 million for pediatric cancer research.

You couldn’t ask for a better outcome,” Gronkowski said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “The growth is unbelievable. Look how many people are here this year. I can’t even imagine how much more it’s going to grow in the years to come because it’s such a great event and everyone is having a good time.”

Of course, yesterday was just a reprieve from his own issues. He’ll have back surgery soon which could put the start of the regular season in jeopardy, and he was wearing a protective sleeve on his left arm, which he’s had four surgeries on.