Gronkowski’s mother says he’s dying to play


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.

35 responses to “Gronkowski’s mother says he’s dying to play

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.”

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

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