For a guy who was on a television cooking show making sausage jokes this week, it’s odd to hear people talk about the “mature” Rob Gronkowski.
But teammates and coaches say the fun-loving Gronk might actually be turning into an adult.
“He’s grown up a lot over the last five years,” Brady said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “It’s been a lot of fun to see it. His football IQ and understanding of what it takes to be a professional and consistently and dependably be that type of player for our offense that he’s become, has been fun to see.”
Fun Gronk we get. Mature Gronk is going to take some getting used to, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick said it takes time to realize.
“If you meet Rob for 10 or 15 minutes, you might get an impression that may or may not be what it’s like to have him in your office, in a classroom and on the field for six, seven hours a day,” Belichick said. “It might be a little bit different potentially.”
Gronkowski said back issues that plagued him in college and injuries at the pro level have taught him perspective.
“Without a doubt,” he said. “It could be taken away anytime. I’ve seen players come in at a young age and leave at a young age. You just gotta be prepared and perform to your best and be ready every day and don’t take anything for granted.”
Yeah, this is going to take some getting used to.