Rob Gronkowski doesn’t blame Barry Church

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Doctors cleared Rob Gronkowski from concussion protocol Thursday, 11 days after Barry Church‘s hit sidelined the Patriots tight end. The league fined the Jaguars safety $24,309 for the hit on a defenseless receiver, but Gronkowski said he holds no animosity.

“It’s football. It is what it is,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, it’s a split second to make a decision. It’s running full speed one way. I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game. It happens. Just got to move on.”

The hit, which came with 1:23 left in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, left Gronkowski woozy and staggering.

“I’m not here to talk about that, about how ‘shaky-up’ I was and everything,” Gronkowski said. “That will be for another time, because I’ve got a big game coming up with this Super Bowl. But yeah, I had a concussion for sure obviously or else I would have never been in protocol this whole time, for the last 10 days or however long it’s been. Everything’s going good. Just looking forward to the big game now. I’m ready to roll, and that’s all I’m looking forward to.”

Gronkowski never had a doubt he would play Sunday.

“We knew the whole time that I was going to be good to go,” Gronkowski said. “I was progressing really good throughout the week and throughout practice. We just knew I’d be ready, and we’ve just been practicing like we always do.”

53 responses to “Rob Gronkowski doesn’t blame Barry Church

  1. no way gronk’s going to whine. couldn’t anyway after losing his cool against bison. church took him out though and jags would have taken brady out too if they got an open shot.

  2. Gronk is the one who lowered his head into the path of the defender – the defender would have nailed him in the shoulders. Gronk should have been thrown out.

  3. Pure class

    Bottomline is it was a dirty hit. He had plenty of time to target his chest instead. Gronk can’t win anyway. Mauled, taking on constant cheapshots and no one cares.

  4. Barry Church is not a cheap shot player. It was a bang bang play
    that unfortunately ended up badly. I thought it deserved a flag.
    But fans and the league do need to take into consideration a players
    history and Church has clearly been a clean player.

  5. “It’s football. It is what it is,” Gronkowski said. “I mean, it’s a split second to make a decision. It’s running full speed one way. I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game. It happens. Just got to move on.”

    Look, I don’t hate Gronk, great player, he has never been dirty, but let me ask this with what he said? Was it a split decision when you got up and hit White from the Bills late out of bounds? You were laying on the ground and he was out of bounds, then you got up and drove your forearm into his head. That was not full speed or a split second decision. That being said, I’m glad you will get to play this Sunday.

  6. The hit was at least clumsy, but maybe dirty. Look, I played football in school, and even both running at speed there’s a LOT of Gronk to hit legally below the head and above the knee. Church stayed high, did not try to tackle and did not try to keep his head away or turn sideways etc… If you want to steam in at the sprint to make a shock-hit rather than attempt to tackle you’ve pretty much got to aim for the middle of the guy – staying clearly high (or clearly low) is naughty. And that’s why Church was fined.

  7. Gronk has already said it in the past, he’d rather get hit high then get taken out low. Gronks been targeted low and he’s seen how that worked out for himself.

  8. This wasn’t an intentional dirty hit. Gronk dropped his head a bit after the catch bracing for the hit (not trying to draw a penalty). It was unfortunate, but not malicious at all. Defenders are put into sometimes impossible situations by the league’s rules in place today. Just a few years ago, this would have been viewed as a superb defensive play. Given the fact that Church was flagged, and fined heavily, and all the whining by spoiled Pats fans, Church should have aimed went low and taken out a knee. That would have been playing dirty, and would have resulted in the same punishment. Gronk would have been done for the remainder of this year, and perhaps next.

  9. xavier179 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I would, it was a dirty shot.

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    It’s funny how when the NFL contradicted science and suspended Tom Brady…and then hid the PSI report from 2015…all the haters hold up the NFL’s decision as proof that Brady let air out of footballs.

    But now after the NFL fines Church….the haters all want to consider facts…to show that the NFL’s decision was wrong.

  10. I don’t think it was an intentionally dirty hit, but it was definitely illegal. Gronk didn’t make a single football move after the catch, he didn’t have time. It really looked like hitting a defenseless player in real-time. Church may not have a history of this, but it should’ve been flagged regardless.

  11. lanham4eve says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?
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    I think every NE coach, player and fan has admitted it was a cheap shot, and that he deserved to be suspended. He was suspended, and it’s over. Why keep bringing it up and pretending that anyone has denied any of this?

  12. Pats fans still whining about ball deflation. Too senseless and irrational to see how favored their team is, after getting HANDED the AFCCG in disgusting fashion. Just a rotten lot, can’t be content with their wild success, but have to complain CONSTANTLY as though the team would somehow be greater if it weren’t persecuted by the league. #losers #sad

  13. Some posters might want to try watching the video at full speed.

    I’m OK with the flag but at some point what is a defender supposed to do? Fall down/dive out of the way of Gronk that is falling towards him and let him catch the ball?

  14. Only person who should be blamed is Brady. He’s the one with the crappy throw the got his receiver killed.

  15. At least Church hit you during the play and on the field, Gronk. Not like you ambushing White while he was face down out of bounds after the play.

    Stay classy, it’s the Patriot way…

  16. alker1191 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 9:19 pm
    lanham4eve says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?
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    I think every NE coach, player and fan has admitted it was a cheap shot, and that he deserved to be suspended. He was suspended, and it’s over. Why keep bringing it up and pretending that anyone has denied any of this
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    Because I was frustrated and let my emotions get the better of me. If the nfl wanted to send a message they would have suspended him for a playoff game. The nfl has no room for blinders on plays that are that intentionally dirty and players and fans to ever act like it was anything other than that.

  17. kenmasters34 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm
    The hit a dirty hit in todays NFL. In 2008, that would have been in the highlight reel.
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    And Gronk might have missed one play and get right back out there LOL

  18. ibillwt says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm
    no way gronk’s going to whine. couldn’t anyway after losing his cool against bison. church took him out though and jags would have taken brady out too if they got an open shot.

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    No. They had plenty of shots on Brady. They couldn’t do it. Brady has been at it for a long time. It’s not a unique thought. It’s not so easy. Brady is tough.

  19. But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?

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    White wasn’t even hurt. Never had a concussion and had no other injuries. But yeah he almost broke his neck.

    Just stop

  20. Gronk is correct. Not a dirty hit, it was unlucky but illegal. I saw no intent to do anything but knock the ball loose. If some of the folks here had paid attention during physics class you’d understand how the concussion occurred and why Church did nothing warranting a suspension.

    For those who think Gronk tried to “break White’s neck”, please, go back and actually watch the play. He never touches his neck or head. His left forearm hits White mid back and slides off. If that’s enough to break a neck thenn we need to dissolve the NFL right now. The Church hit was far more violent. Not dirty, just violent.

  21. lanham4eve says:
    February 1, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    If the nfl wanted to send a message they would have suspended him for a playoff game.
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    Maybe just tell us what team you root for and then we can come up with a scenario where that’s the game they should have suspended him for?

  22. I agree with Gronk. Its a bang bang play. Whats the DB supposed to do? Stand still and let Gronk catch a ball, then whiff on a tackle, or try to manhandle a guy that has 80 pounds on him? Gronk is 270. No DB is going to stand Gronk up.

    This defenseless receiver stuff makes some sense from a safety standpoint, but the fines for some of these are ridiculous. It was an on the spot hit, not dirty, and hes got to work for free? Lame.

  23. lanham4eve says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?

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    What Pat fan said it was just a football play?

  24. It’s simple; these DB’s can’t cover Gronk because he’s better than them, so they resort to taking cheap shots and hanging all over him. I’m convinced that knocking Gronk out of the game by any means necessary was in the game plan or at least discussed.

    The Patriots GOAT’s: Tom, Bill, and Gronk.

  25. 2 reasons: Gronk got zonked so hard, he doesn’t remember Church. And two, maybe his unwarranted cheapshot on the Bills DB gave him just a tad of humility.

  26. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Gronk is the one who lowered his head into the path of the defender – the defender would have nailed him in the shoulders. Gronk should have been thrown out.

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    Right. That’s what happened. Gronk tried to spear the defender with his head.

    People have to get this straight… doesn’t matter why it happened, a defender can’t hit a receiver head to head. Simple as that. it used to be a clean hit. It’s not any more. Sometimes it’s unavoidable… but it’s still illegal.

  27. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past.
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    I wouldn’t get your hopes up Pinhead. Kraft family in line to continue solid ownership and a few Belichick’s on the coaching staff. While there will never be another Brady, they probably won’t stink any time soon….

  28. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past

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    Amen to that. But don’t forget it will be a very recent past. Don’t think they’ll bring up the 80’s & 90’s – 78 wins & 68 wins respectively, including 8 of those seasons w/ 6 wins or less. And they believe a 68 yr old BB will stick around for THAT stink?

  29. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past.

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    Keep fighting the good fight little guy!

  30. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    February 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm
    Gronk is the one who lowered his head into the path of the defender – the defender would have nailed him in the shoulders. Gronk should have been thrown out.

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    Wow. I agree with not blaming Church. And certainly that Church should not have been tossed. But to try arguing that Gronk should have been tossed instead? Reach much?

  31. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am

    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past
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    Why are the Pats any more likely to”stink” in the future than the Jags? Or the Steelers? The Jags will play a 1st place schedule next year, with Blake still at QB. While the Steelers will be a year older with the same inept management and overpriced stars

    I’d give the Patriots as good a chance as any other team to stay competitive, and continuing under a new coach and QB when that time comes.

    Regardless, the notion that Pats fans will need to live in the past is laughable. All we hear on this site are people bragging about the Packers titles in 1920, or the Dolphins used to be good in 1972 and how Eli / Coughlin has Brady’s number since he beat them in a SB 7 years ago and has sucked ever since.

  32. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past.

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    Agreed you gotta love the Pats fans. How can you not? And as far as the team being bad, thats already a past the fans have lived in, more then 3/4 of the league they have lived that. Its why they have so much aporeciation. As far as the future, Pats fans know that all things fall eventually, this will be no exception. They have been ready for that for a long time, they are as suprised as anyone the longevity of this dynasty. Especially in the cap era. Patriots fans are well aware mist teams are only good for shorter times and they have been playing with house money for at least a decade if not more. They are incredibly grateful for what they have been given and always will be. Whatever happens Sunday and whatever happens beyond that the gratitude will continue. Its just been too good for it ever to warrant tears.

  33. JokerSC says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:59 am
    But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?

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    White wasn’t even hurt. Never had a concussion and had no other injuries. But yeah he almost broke his neck.

    Just stop
    ————————-ls’ Tre’Davious White: Clears concussion protocol
    By RotoWire Staff Dec 7, 6:41pm • 1 min read
    UPDATE Dec 7, 2017, 6:41pm

    White is no longer in concussion protocol.
    White suffered the concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and was limited in Wednesday’s practice, but he looks to be symptom-free
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    Not injured at all he huh?

  34. jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past.
    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    A. keep waiting and B. What has your trash team done in the last 17 years?? They’re about to have 6 rings…I’m happy my Giants have 2 with the last one being 6 years ago and just now I’m getting frustrated…Gonna be a long time till you find a sad pats fan

  35. JokerSC says:
    February 2, 2018 at 6:59 am
    But pats fans, when Gronkowski could have broken Tre’Davious White’s neck it was just a football play right?

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    White wasn’t even hurt. Never had a concussion and had no other injuries. But yeah he almost broke his neck.

    Just stop
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    Does it really matter whether or not White got hurt? I don’t care what team you root for, it’s pretty sad that anyone can justify spearing a guy who was face down on the ground. I know, I know – he was just blowing off steam because he didn’t draw more PI calls. No doubt he is 100% correct, but c’mon now – just stop.

  36. grant35 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:53 am
    jcjaguar says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am
    You gotta love Pats fans. I can’t wait until the Pats stink…it’s coming. Then they will be living in the past

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    Amen to that. But don’t forget it will be a very recent past. Don’t think they’ll bring up the 80’s & 90’s – 78 wins & 68 wins respectively, including 8 of those seasons w/ 6 wins or less. And they believe a 68 yr old BB will stick around for THAT stink

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    I forget what it’s like sometimes for the rest of the nation. It’s been a 20 year Brady/Belichick nightmare for you guys.

    How good are these guys that your only option is to literally wait for them to stop pounding you? Resigning yourselves to the fact that beating them will not work? For a generation too.

    I actually feel bad for you all for once.

  37. ikeclanton says:

    I forget what it’s like sometimes for the rest of the nation. It’s been a 20 year Brady/Belichick nightmare for you guys.

    How good are these guys that your only option is to literally wait for them to stop pounding you? Resigning yourselves to the fact that beating them will not work? For a generation too.

    I actually feel bad for you all for once

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    Oh yeah – I forgot to mention, Mr Clanton, how good-sports all of you Beantown clowns are, who actually think there was no football before 2000. Well young man, there was, and you were too young or ignorant to see it. And oh yeah – there were a couple teams -Giants, Steelers included – that,despite the Pats blinders you are wearing, had a few titles in that “generation of Pat dominance’ you refer to. BTW – a “generation” is > 20 yrs.

  38. grant35 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Oh yeah – I forgot to mention, Mr Clanton, how good-sports all of you Beantown clowns are, who actually think there was no football before 2000. Well young man, there was, and you were too young or ignorant to see it. And oh yeah – there were a couple teams -Giants, Steelers included – that,despite the Pats blinders you are wearing, had a few titles in that “generation of Pat dominance’ you refer to.
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    It’s ironic that you ridicule Pats fans for having to look back at past glories when the current run is over, and then you immediately start gloating about titles your team won 10 years ago (one of which happened only because Brady was out that year with an ACL).

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