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Gronkowski’s mother says he’s dying to play

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At a time when rumors abound that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s lingering absence comes from his father, Gronkowski’s mother has publicly come to her son’s defense.

“All I can say is Robbie is dying to play. He wants to get out there,” Diane Gronkowski told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald on Sunday.  “He’s doing what he has to do to get back playing. He doesn’t like it.  He wants to play.  It really bothers him that he’s not playing.”
She said that Gronkowski hasn’t returned primarily because the goal is to avoid another surgery on his forearm.

“The same people who criticize him for not coming back are the same people who say he came back too soon last time,” Diane Gronkowski said. “It is what it is. Rob is the only one who can make this decision. Anybody else who has a comment to make positively or negatively aren’t Rob. They aren’t in his shoes. They didn’t go through the surgeries that he went through.

“When they go through four arm surgeries, a back surgery, and a foot surgery in a year and a half, then they can make the comments. After the third [forearm] surgery, Robbie said, ‘I’m never doing this again.’ And weeks later, he’s back in for the fourth one. So he doesn’t want to go back where he was and start all over again. It wasn’t fun. It was so discouraging.”

The comments come at a time when some are reporting that players are growing resentful of Gronkowski, who has been practicing but isn’t playing.  The situation has sparked speculation that Gronkowski won’t play at all this year.

“Oh yeah, he’ll be back,” Diane Gronkowski said. “It’s hard for people to be patient.  It’s hard for him to be patient.  He wants to be out there.  That’s a definite.”
It’s still not clear what it will take to get Rob Gronkowski the green light to play.  His last forearm surgery happened months ago.  At some point, the arm will be as healthy as it’s ever going to be.
The real question is whether it, and everything else on Gronkowski’s body, will remain healthy once he returns.
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35 Responses to “Gronkowski’s mother says he’s dying to play”
  1. floratiotime says: Oct 14, 2013 9:29 AM

    Dying to play. But he lives for the dance.

  2. skoobyfl says: Oct 14, 2013 9:30 AM

    If he’s not ready to play because he’s avoiding additional surgeries then it’s all good. His team leads the division already & has things well in hand, so rest up for the playoffs.

  3. faulkn22 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:33 AM

    His mother is right. As much as fans, fantasy football owners (myself), and his teammates might want to turn their noses up at him for playing it safe, none of them know if he is actually healthy. He’s the only one that knows when he is ready to come back.

  4. geniusry says: Oct 14, 2013 9:35 AM

    I’m so glad I now know how “Robbie” feels. I hope that one day I can have a professional athlete child so the media will ask me about something I know very little about.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:35 AM

    But what do he daddy say?…

  6. carranofa says: Oct 14, 2013 9:35 AM

    Dude is just made of glass. Honestly I believe it is time for the Patriots to start looking at replacing him. He’s great when he’s healthy but when is he ever healthy yo!

  7. GenXJay says: Oct 14, 2013 9:37 AM

    “robbie?”
    Only Tom Brady can call him that!

  8. raiderufan says: Oct 14, 2013 9:42 AM

    Well I’m completely tired of this saga….I can’t imagine how annoyed his teammates must be feeling.

    I think this is a time that the Patriots not saying a single thing about injuries is affecting the locker room. It’s the only time and it’s hard to argue that it hasn’t been effective but this needs to be handled differently. This is very Derrick Rose-esque at this point.

  9. chiadam says: Oct 14, 2013 9:43 AM

    Well, mommy says Robby wants to come out and play after his booboo heals.

  10. piratefreedom says: Oct 14, 2013 9:45 AM

    Diane Gronkowski said. “It is what it is”

    someone has been watching too many Belichick press conferences

  11. abninf says: Oct 14, 2013 9:51 AM

    As long as he can dance at da club. But hey, I respect any dude who can pull porn stars.

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 14, 2013 9:55 AM

    Six surgeries? In a lifetime maybe. Hearing a family member talk about continually ripping open his forearm to either set a bone or scrape off infection makes it real. We think these guys are machines sometimes. Roddy White would say don’t rush back right now.

  13. buttfumbles says: Oct 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    Something tells me Gronk isnt the brightest bulb in the socket.

  14. EJ says: Oct 14, 2013 9:59 AM

    If I were Gronkowski, making sure I was 100% before coming back would be my only priority. The Patriots are doing fine right now, Brady is learning more about his other Receivers and their tendencies, they are doing alright.

  15. doctormantistoboggan says: Oct 14, 2013 10:04 AM

    trying to picture Gronk’s mom. 6’5 with a beard comes to mind.

  16. truck8595 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:05 AM

    Anyone else see a golden opportunity for a Campbell’s Chunky Soup™ commercial here?

  17. pittsburghfan71 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:06 AM

    Mommy can i go outside and play?

    No Robbie, those boys are to big and you might get hurt!

  18. seabrawk12 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    In other news, Aaron Hernandez is killing to play.

  19. proindiantalkcom says: Oct 14, 2013 10:09 AM

    Is a dying to get back good useage? With Mr Hernandez being your ex-teammate and all.

  20. makenobones says: Oct 14, 2013 10:10 AM

    And Aaron Hernandez’ mother says “Aaron is killing to play.”

  21. FinFan68 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:15 AM

    Anybody else who has a comment to make positively or negatively aren’t Rob. They aren’t in his shoes. They didn’t go through the surgeries that he went through.
    ~~~~~~~~
    True. They aren’t getting paid millions of dollars to slack off from work either.

    Gronkowski has earned a reputation of being very good on the field. He has also earned the reputation for being aloof, only concerned with himself and not caring as much about the game or his teammates as he probably should. Which reputation do you think this scenario applies to?

  22. bradymancrush10 says: Oct 14, 2013 10:18 AM

    The Patriots are 5-1 without him, rest up big fella’, they need you for the playoffs

  23. tedmurph says: Oct 14, 2013 10:20 AM

    Even though I’m not completely in the loop, all you mean reporters should leave my poor Robbie alone.

  24. lovefootball4life says: Oct 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    How long until we see a less motivated player use the “I don’t trust the team doctors” excuse to avoid playing.

  25. steelerben says: Oct 14, 2013 11:30 AM

    Lay off Gronk, guys. He clearly can’t play and even has a note from his mom.

  26. mogogo1 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    Pats should be in no hurry to bring him back. Make darn sure he’s healthy and get him some real game time just before the playoffs. If he isn’t ready now after close to 6 months, it’s probably not realistic to think he’s just another week or so away. They already made things worse by rushing things. Time to take some time.

  27. kd75 says: Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    Dying to play?

    With the Pats that would be listed as Questionable, Death…

  28. granadafan says: Oct 14, 2013 11:58 AM

    Dying to play? Bad choice of words there, mommy.

  29. buffalo75vette says: Oct 14, 2013 12:03 PM

    I’m glad we heard from his Mommy.. Cause Mommy always knows best

  30. kepdogg23 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:05 PM

    She must be trying to work her way into a Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercial.

  31. gochargersgo says: Oct 14, 2013 12:22 PM

    Next article up:

    “When asked when he expected Gronkowski to return to the field, family dog “Sparky” responded with a low pitched snarl and then walked slowly to his bed in the corner of the room and began chewing on a milk-bone. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen agree this is a sign that Gronkowski is at best questionable for this coming Sunday’s game.”

  32. orivar says: Oct 14, 2013 1:04 PM

    I came for Hernandez jokes, I wasn’t disappointed.

  33. mackcarrington says: Oct 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    I can only surmise that the posters who are on here bagging on someone’s mother probably don’t have mothers of their own.

  34. bobsnygiants says: Oct 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    what else would she say

  35. bobsnygiants says: Oct 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    what else would she say.

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