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Rob Gronkowski says low blows are nothing new to him

Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski actually talked about low blows yesterday, and he did it without using the eggplant emoji or anything.

Gronkowski, who earlier this week addressed the Broncos history of hitting him low with a light-hearted and kind of vulgar (also funny) tweet about it, took to the podium this time to address it at a press conference.

Considering he’s twice been injured against the Broncos, the questions are natural, and he took the high road Thursday.

“It’s a part of the game, I’ve been seeing it all year and I’ve been seeing it my whole career,” Gronkowski said, via the Boston Herald. “I’ve just got to get low, get my shoulder down and protect the ball and protect myself in any way.

“When I see a lot of guys coming and when I know there’s not a chance to make that many yards possibly just go down on that play. If you can make a play and get more yards but at the same time watch out and get your pads down. It is football and you have to be ready for contact at all times.”

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris got the ball rolling when he said: “You got to hit him low, man.”

Considering Broncos safety T.J. Ward was responsible for the hit that led to a 2013 torn ACL (while Ward was with the Browns), and Broncos safety Darian Stewart gave him a questionable shot to the knee in November, it’s a sensitive topic.

So naturally, Gronk made a junior-high joke out of it on Twitter in response.

But he said he’s not worried about the natural result of playing football as physically as he does.

“They are not doing anything illegal out there, it’s just part of the game,” Gronkowski said. “You have to be aware of it and maybe I have to step up my game a bit and maybe throw a juke.

“I don’t know how many jukes I’ve got, but I have to be aware for it.”

Or, at least as many jukes as he has left in knees that have been targeted throughout his career.

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26 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski says low blows are nothing new to him”
  1. drapalskif32 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:19 AM

    Gronk is 6’6″, 265+. If you try and hit him anywhere else but below the hips, especially as a DB, you are likely to bounce off, and look like an idiot. Going low is the only way to secure the tackle on guys that big.

  2. dbarnes67 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:25 AM

    Nothing else a D-back can do to stop a big receiver. Megatron is always dealing with ankle and knee issues too.

  3. bchap17 says: Jan 22, 2016 7:43 AM

    Pushing off isn’t either.

  4. rhamrhoddy says: Jan 22, 2016 7:50 AM

    Rob Gronkowski says low blows are nothing new to him
    ________________
    Off season too 😜🏈

  5. jbdvks says: Jan 22, 2016 8:20 AM

    ‘“They are not doing anything illegal out there, it’s just part of the game,” Gronkowski said.’

    Gronk we’ve all known this for some time now.

  6. crush22 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:20 AM

    Quit your crying ‘Gronk’.

  7. streetyson says: Jan 22, 2016 8:32 AM

    Though I hate yet more rules, defenders increasingly make low hits not just to stop a big guy but to injure and take him out, and that’s fundamentally unsporting. We already have crack-back and chop-block rules that restrict tackling below the waist in some situations, so it would be simple to outlaw leading with the shoulder (or head of course) at a ball carrier’s knee level or below (at least when outside the tackle box).

  8. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:40 AM

    If the defender aims high and the offensive player lowers his pads, the defender risks a personal foul (helmet to helmet). Thus, defenders have to go low.

    Also, some of it is physics. Gronk is a big dude. Hitting him in the numbers won’t bring him down. To bring him down you have to go low and take his legs out from under him.

  9. stealthjunk says: Jan 22, 2016 8:42 AM

    “Darian Stewart gave him a questionable shot to the knee in November, it’s a sensitive topic.”

    There was nothing questionable about it. Stewart flew in the break up the pass, and it was actually his leg that nicked Gronk’s leg. I’m not sure what exactly you would expect him to have done instead.

  10. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:50 AM

    And low tackles will continue. Glad Gronk isn’t whining about it…he acknowledges that it’s part of the game. Wish that everyone would…

  11. mjd08501 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:16 AM

    He’s 6’7″, 250+ lbs. Hitting him low is the only way to bring him down. If they go high he runs through the tackle or they bounce off of him. It sucks that Gronk has been hurt because of it, but it’s not dirty, it’s part of the game. Defenders have to do what they have to do to make the tackle within the rules.

  12. bradysdynasty says: Jan 22, 2016 9:24 AM

    Going low on Gronk is the most effective and correct way to bring him down and that’s fine.

    But there’s a big difference between going down, wrapping the legs and taking them out from under him, and launching at his kneecaps and looking to injure like dirty Broncos players like T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart.

  13. terripet says: Jan 22, 2016 9:32 AM

    Gronky go have another drink you drunk

  14. rutledge3197 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:35 AM

    Streetyson ::: ummm crack back / chop block those ARE BLOCKS NOT TACKLES
    If you’d like I’m sure there is a flag football league near you…. If we go by your assessment we would have 50 flags a game and defenders would have no clue where or how to tackle … It’s already ridiculous

  15. thegeneral7694 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:47 AM

    For anyone crying about low tackles on Gronk, I have a simple solution…..No non-QB over 225 pounds is allowed to carry or catch the ball. Since it’s Gronk’s health you’re so worried about, right? Problem solved. He doesn’t have to worry about getting hit in the knees, and the DBs only have to tackle people who don’t outweigh them by 60 pounds or more. All is fair, right? Oh….what’s that? You don’t like that, either? Because then Gronk would have to learn to block? Well, I don’t know what to tell you, then….

  16. Patskrieg says: Jan 22, 2016 9:51 AM

    I heard TJ Ward’s mom knows quite a bit about low blows on Gronk.

  17. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 22, 2016 9:55 AM

    crush22 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 8:20 AM
    Quit your crying ‘Gronk’.
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    “They are not doing anything illegal out there, it’s just part of the game,” Gronkowski said. “You have to be aware of it and maybe I have to step up my game a bit and maybe throw a juke.”

    If you’re going to take the time to comment perhaps it would be helpful to take an extra moment to read the article. Gronkowski is a football player not some glorified diva WR masquerading as a TE. He understands, just like any rational observer should, that there aren’t many DB’s that are going to take him down by going high. What part of “not doing anything illegal” and “it’s just part of the game” was crying?

  18. steelerben says: Jan 22, 2016 10:06 AM

    thegeneral7694 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 9:47 AM
    For anyone crying about low tackles on Gronk, I have a simple solution…..No non-QB over 225 pounds is allowed to carry or catch the ball. Since it’s Gronk’s health you’re so worried about, right? Problem solved. He doesn’t have to worry about getting hit in the knees, and the DBs only have to tackle people who don’t outweigh them by 60 pounds or more. All is fair, right? Oh….what’s that? You don’t like that, either? Because then Gronk would have to learn to block? Well, I don’t know what to tell you, then….

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In addition to being one of the best receiving tight ends in the league, Gronk is also an excellent blocker. Did you think they they put him on the field goal unit for fun?

    No one wants to see a superstar player injured. When those injuries come on hits that, while we may not know actual intent, *look* questionable everyone is outraged about it. It isn’t about being a cry baby or trying to manipulate the rules so that your team has an advantage. It is about the game being entertaining when the best players play.

  19. TheWizard says: Jan 22, 2016 10:13 AM

    Quit your crying ‘Gronk’.

    The Broncos started this conversation.

    They’re talking while the Patriots are working.

    How do you think it will work out?

  20. trina16 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:15 AM

    “Because then Gronk would have to learn to block?”

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    I think you are confusing him with Jimmy Graham.

  21. rogerdw66 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    Dear Mr. Ganet,
    Please tell me how you would tackle someone who out-weighs you by 60# and is coming at you like a freight train. If you hit anywhere but low, you will be one of the many he has run over. It’s a legal tackle, and the only smart way to take down large man that can run.

  22. listenup823 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:23 AM

    The only thing questionable is the league allowing that big ham head to wear that huge metal arm brace of his. It’s like playing with a club. Maybe he’s too fragile without it?

  23. rob471773 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    rogerdw66 says:

    Jan 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    Dear Mr. Ganet,
    Please tell me how you would tackle someone who out-weighs you by 60# and is coming at you like a freight train. If you hit anywhere but low, you will be one of the many he has run over. It’s a legal tackle, and the only smart way to take down large man that can run.
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    Tackling low is fine, but what do you consider tackling low? To me, that means driving your shoulder into the thigh, wrapping up and taking to the ground.

    If your version of “tackling low” means spearing someones knee cap with the crown of your helmet, then it has no place in the sport. It’s a blatant cheap shot (i.e. TJ Ward) and should result in ejections/mandatory 2 game suspensions.

    You can’t justify potentially career ending cheap shot low blows based on the argument that “Well he’s really big and strong” Man up and learn how to hit/tackle.

  24. rob471773 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    The Bronco’s ran wild on the Patriots last time, that’s their only hope this time. Well, Hightower and Collins are back and playing, so that’s just not going to happen.

    The Patriots only scored 24 last time, with a patchwork O line and no Edelman or Amendola. Well they’re both back and healthy. The Patriots will get their points.

    Patriots: 31
    Broncos: 17

  25. crush22 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:57 AM

    Broncos – 36
    Patsies* – tears

  26. fanofpft says: Jan 22, 2016 6:16 PM

    Rodney Harrison become my hero for saying the Broncos should do this to him.

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