Bill Belichick hails Rob Gronkowski’s leadership


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.

21 responses to “Bill Belichick hails Rob Gronkowski’s leadership

  1. Great comparison by Belichick…Gronk and Bravaro are /were first and foremost outstanding run blockers, great at catching the ball in a crowd, both can drag defenders along as they run.
    The biggest difference? Bavaro didn’t have a Hall of Famer throwing to him.

  2. He’s like the millionth Patriot people judge this way. Nothing comes out of that locker room. No matter if yo are a leader, a jerk or just a bystander.

    People think Gronk is all about partying, yet he’s arguably the most dominant offensive weapon in the league. They tell you Belichick is some kind of monster, but his players go out of their way to tell you about his funny side.

    This is not “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” It is about the fact that you can have both a fun loving and a serious side.

  3. .
    Gronk actually plays multiple positions depending on where they line him up. Brady will try to find him a favorable matchup, or get him a free release. He may line up as a traditional tight end, a slot receiver , out wide, or even in the backfield. With motion the Patriots can often find a way to keep the defense from zeroing in on him.

  4. Truly high praise from someone that rarely goes out of his way to pump his player’s tires in the middle of the season. Sounds like Brady is rubbing off on Gronk.

    Stay healthy, big guy.

  5. Best Gronkowski in football… there are like 40 of them.

    He does it all–under-appreciated leader, run blocker, ball catcher, and breaker of tackles, and he has a family bus.

  6. He’s already the most dominant TE in the history of football… And he’s what… 25yrs old? That guy is literally uncover-able. He could break the single season TD record this season if he stays healthy, and possibly contend for MVP. He’s that good.

  7. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk2014asterisk says:
    Sep 24, 2015 11:29 AM
    His stats are padded by cheating and using under inflated balls. Would be mediocre on any other team without belicheat.

  8. Glad this beast is our TE, and part of PATRIOT NATION, the GREATEST DYNASY in the NFL’s history!!

  9. crush22 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 7:05 AM
    Can somebody with an IQ of 4 be a leader?-

    We don’t know if you can or not.

    Gronkowski is obviously smarter than a litany of former “great” receivers who came to the Pats at a point in their careers where they should have been able to assimilate the Pats offensive concepts.

    Receivers who leave the Pats often if not always are rarely heard from again. How many SBs did Deion Branch win after he was SB MVP? Never heard much from David Givens after Pats.

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