Gronkowski is the AFC offensive player of the week

Reuters

That epic catch, fall, and drag-a-pair of Redskins by Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski, part of a two-touchdown, 160-yard day, told us two things.

1.  Gronkowski would be named the AFC offensive player of the week.

2.  DeAngelo Hall, who proved that football really is a spectator sport, would not be named the NFL defensive player of the week.

Indeed, the man known simply as Gronk — whom Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson described after Sunday’s game as a “gargoyle” — is the AFC offensive player of the week.

Gronkwoski, who now holds the single-season touchdown record for tight ends with 15, had a 49-yard catch, a 50-yard catch, and a 37-yard touchdown reception against the Redskins.

And maybe the Pats will make it back to the Super Bowl if Gronkowski plays a little defense down the stretch, too.  He could do at least as well as DeAngelo Hall.

34 responses to “Gronkowski is the AFC offensive player of the week

  1. Gronk is just an “all-out” football player because he’s “all-in” on every play. A great physical talent with football smarts!

  2. I love my team but they ain’t making it to the SB unless and until they decide to play in the 4th Q on both sides of the ball like they play in the other 3.

  3. Two things:

    1. Gronk already has played on defense this year. He’s been the deep big-man in hail mary situations in two different games. Randy Moss used to do this too.

    2. He holds the TE reception records with 15. He actually has 16 total TDs on the year, the extra one from a lateral screen when he motioned into the backfield.

  4. Must agree with CKL, the Patriots are mostly likely not Super Bowl bound.

    The offense is stellar and the special teams is good too, but the defense is just heinous.

    Maybe Chung will do for the 2011 Patriots pass defense what Sanders did for the 2006 Colts run defense, but that is a long shot because Chung isn’t the caliber player Sanders was in ’06.

  5. That said, the Patriots didn’t allow a 4th quarter score against the Redskins and only one 2nd half TD. Shut them out over the last 22 minutes.

  6. One of the more fun names in football to yell out when he’s making his weekly highlight catch and run.

    GRONK!!!!!!!!!!!

    My old lady used to look at me wierd when I did it….. now she goes along with it. Her family are not big sports fans…… slowly but surely she’s becoming more of a sports fan each week. Fantasy Football has helped that out….. it paid for our winter vacation last year.

    That and me drunker than she’d ever seen me praying and kissing my Vince Lombardi auto during the superbowl…. and then joyously singing “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” with tears rolling down my face afterward.

  7. Saw this guy play at Arizona and he would routinely drag multiple defenders 10-20 yards down the field whenever he got the ball. I’m glad, but not surprised that he’s doing in in the NFL now. Get GRONKED.

  8. Pats fan here but I don’t blame Hall for standing around on that play. Everyone around him assumed that when a guy has two defenders wrapped around him and is stumbling towards the sideline, he’s going down or out of bounds, and that’d be true 99% of the time. Watch Welker and Branch on the play, they’re also just standing there not blocking, before suddenly Gronk just sheds everybody and takes off again.

    The really impressive thing about that run is when Doughty (#37) comes up and hits Gronk with the second tackle. Doughty bends backwards and Gronk doesn’t slow or even change direction. It’s like he tried to tackle a truck.

  9. Screw offensive player of the week, Gronk should be Offensive Player of the Year. The guy is just shredding defenses. That move on Sunday against the Skins where he faked being a defender, ran through a hold, and caught a floater from Brady was spectacular (though, not as spectacular as the 49 yard catch, after shedding two defenders).

  10. And on top of it all, he’s made the “super spike” cool again. I like how he shows the crowd the ball, kind of like a pro wrestler, before he decimates it.

    “SEE THIS! I WILL DESTROY IT NOW!! GGRRROOONNKKKKK!!!!!”

  11. @ Patsfiend: I really hope he pops a ball one of these days, akin to busting the guts out of a baseball…that’d be awesome.

  12. As an Arizona fan, I was really bummed Gronk didn’t return for his senior season. And now everyone knows why. He’s an athletic brick wall with great hands. He’s practically unstopable!

  13. No disrespect to Gronk because he had a great game,but shouldn’t we consider Maurice Jones-Drew for AFC player of the week. He did score 4 TD’s for come from behind victory and a new head coach. He is also the leading rusher in the NFL.

  14. Dude is a beast. His spiking of the ball as if he wants it to remain the turf is awesome to watch. But with that said, God please let my Ravens get the Pats in the playoff’s again because match-up wise I think just like 09 the Ravens have the better overall team and most of all they don’t fear Brady whats so ever.

  15. That said, the Patriots didn’t allow a 4th quarter score against the Redskins and only one 2nd half TD. Shut them out over the last 22 minutes.
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    It was the Redskins! Thats what they should have done.

  16. chiefspirate20 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 1:55 PM
    No disrespect to Gronk because he had a great game,but shouldn’t we consider Maurice Jones-Drew for AFC player of the week. He did score 4 TD’s for come from behind victory and a new head coach. He is also the leading rusher in the NFL.

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    Yep, I have MJD on my fantasy team and he almost single handedly got me in the palyoffs. I feel bad for guys like that – Steven Jackson too. Hopefully their teams will be relevant before they retire.

    Any other week MJD would have gotten it for sure but Gronk broke the record for TD’s by a TE in spectacular style.

    Crazy thing is, he overshadows Hernandez who is having a very good year as well (for a TE) – 59 receptions, 5 TD’s. The two of them together are a really great combo.

  17. Love watching Gronk play. He’s a tough as nails beast with soft hands and speed. He is probably the hardest player in the NFL to bring down. He’s got football smarts and Brady loves throwing to him. But the other thing I like about him is the young, enthusiastic, fun loving, mischievous, joking way about him. The guy not only is the football player we’re all seeing on the field, but he also seems to be a really fun, genuinely good guy too.

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