We know Rob Gronkowski is good at football, and we’ve seen evidence that he’s great at having a good time.
But Patriots coach Bill Belichick pulled back the curtain on the lovable meathead/tight end, and said his presence as a leader was something people might not recognize.
“Probably underrated,” Belichick said, via Chris Mason of the Boston Herald. “He doesn’t really sometimes come across in that role [to the public. But [from] what I see, Rob is very attentive, very coachable. You tell him what you want him to do, and he works very hard to do it the way you want it done. He’s a smart football player.”
Belichick went on to compare him to former Giants tight end Mark Bavaro, high praise for a guy probably known best for his partying.
“I just think he sets a great example for our team. The work ethic, he’s a fun guy to be around, ultimately he goes out and performs at the best he possibly can,” quarterback Tom Brady said. “He does it with toughness no matter what he’s asked to do. Whether it’s in the run game, obviously he gets a lot of attention for catching touchdown passes, but he does all the dirty work too.”
Of course, he gets a lot of attention for being Gronk, too. But the energy he puts into his day job has impressed his bosses and co-workers, who see the side of him TMZ doesn’t.