Rob Gronkowski: New England not easiest place to play, but it gets “you right”

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Rob Gronkowski got a desire to return after taking a season off. Wherever he was going, it was going to be with Tom Brady.

The two worked together about two months ago, Gronkowski said, and the Pro Bowl tight end told Brady he might have interest in returning.

“We have a great chemistry out there and every time we get together; it’s just like the old days,” Gronkowski said Wednesday, a day after signing with the Buccaneers. “It doesn’t matter if we take a month off or six months apart. We just go out there and we’re throwing the ball just like it’s a normal practice no matter what.

“It just happened to be the right opportunity, I feel like, down in Tampa. Yes, Tom is like the appetizer of the whole meal. He got me hooked when he went down to Tampa. I saw what was down there, just the opportunity to go down there and play with that type of offense.”

If Brady had returned to New England, Gronkowski said he would have considered returning to the Patriots.

“It would definitely have been an opportunity I would have looked at for sure,” Gronkowski said, “because playing for Tom is special. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. To build a connection with a quarterback, too, is something special.”

Gronkowski was asked if, after nine seasons, he had grown tired of Bill Belichick.

“Coach says it all the time, man,” Gronkowski said. “He always says it that it’s not an easy place to play. I’m very thankful for the nine years I had with the New England Patriots. Hands down, I learned so much under that organization. I’ve learned so much football from the best coach, hands down. That will not change, the best coach in all of football, coach Belichick. I’ve learned more football than I ever have in my whole entire life under coach Belichick and just learning so much under just the organization of Mr. [Robert] Kraft, too. There’s two guys I looked up to and will always look up to. They’re the ones who drafted me and gave me my first opportunities ever in the NFL, and I’m very thankful for those opportunities.

“I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the easiest organization to play for. I’ve also never played for another organization. I haven’t even been down to Tampa yet, so I’m not even sure what to expect. But I know that the New England Patriots, hands down, it’s not the easiest place to play, but it gets you right. It gets you mentally right. It gets you physically right. What I’ve learned there I’m definitely going to take it with me . . . and apply it to my daily life big time.”

So Gronk is back, but he’s not back in New England. Instead, he and Brady have joined forces to try to win another championship with another team.

38 responses to “Rob Gronkowski: New England not easiest place to play, but it gets “you right”

  1. Bottom line? There’s another TE worth drafting. I think that bring it to, what? six?

  2. Gronk has played in 5 Super Bowls during his 9 years with the Patriots and has 3 rings to show for it. How could he ever speak badly about them, seriously! Sure it was a grind because anything great and worthwhile doesn’t come easy. You can’t find many if any players who trashed the Patriots after leaving…..Good Luck Gronky and TB12!

  3. Simple really… coaches coach… players learn…. Both benefit from each other…

    Gronk cannot say it any clear than he just did… New England is a tough place to play.

    It has been for 20 years… and the result of that toughness is:

    1) No other team in that same time frame has won as many games.
    2) Or has been to so many super bowls in that span of time.
    3) and has won so many super bowls in that span of time.

    Yes New England is tough and that is what is required when you apply will wins over an opponent…and beat him.

    Great coaches teach that and drill that into players and that is how they succeed.

  4. I’ll tell you a huge difference Gronk: your old coach would piss you off every day but never, ever, throw you under a bus. But most NFL coaches do it the other way around – inc Arians.

  5. Trying to be the best is never easy. Some very talented players didn’t make it in New England because the tried to coast on the talent instead of working at it.

  6. Bunch a garbage. The Patriots struggled last year with no production from the tight end spot and knowing he could of helped and chose not to pisses me off. I hope you signed for nothing and the season is cancelled. The End .

  7. This will work great until it doesn’t. Tomasina Brady will likely not make it through the season. He’ll find that those who had his back in NE are not there to give a flying monkey in Tampa. The cultures are so different. One has a history of winning and the other has a history of excuses.

  8. Too funny. The same people that posted here last year, praising New England, Brady, Belichick and Gronk, are now angry and telling us that Brady and Gronk are really not that good.

    Too funny.

  9. I mean that’s as honest as it gets right there. Some of my toughest teachers in life have been my favorite in the end so I understand where he’s coming from

  10. I don’t care about all the Brady or Belichick debates, if these guys wanted to leave , or who won the trade nonsense. I just hope they stay healthy. I will wince every time I see someone going for Gronks knees.

  11. He’s right. Learning how to do your job for the team will turn you and that team into a winner. Wish more people outside of football would also learn that.

  12. nothing good is ever gained without discipline and hard work, no fan of NE but for 20 years no one came close to their accomplishments..

    as a diehard Cowboy fan since 70 I recognize exellence pretty easily

  13. If you want to win rings go play for Belichick, if you want a big contract and mediocre seasons there’s 25 teams waiting with open arms!

  14. BB is a coach that demands perfection. He has six Super Bowls out of nine he has coached them to. He must be doing something right.

  15. Flores has a similar demeanor. I bet , after a few championships, they’ll be saying the same about him.

  16. Tampa is awesome…I have never been to Tampa, have no idea what to expect.

    I think Tampa will be a playoff team if they can beat down the Saints. The Saints are clearly the team to beat. Depending on the draft–whether the Saints get a viable cornerback–will mean a lot in their matchup with Tampa. But I still think the Saints are a superior team and have better coaching. I am writing off Atlanta, who always look great on paper; and Carolina just because they have a new and unproven coach and their base roster has not done well. But the NFC South is a tough division and will be the hardest season long test Brady (and Gronk) have faced, in my opinion.

  17. This ‘right’ that Gronkowski keeps talking about. It’s certainly not the ethical behavior that most of us think is 180 degrees from wrong.

  18. love him, hate him, pretend he’s not the best ever, everyone wants belichick to be running their team.

  19. Another thing he learned from Belichick…..

    “Players win games and coaches lose games.”

    Like Streetyson said, Belichick will never ever ever throw a player under the bus.

  20. radar8 says:
    April 22, 2020 at 5:20 pm
    Too funny. The same people that posted here last year, praising New England, Brady, Belichick and Gronk, are now angry and telling us that Brady and Gronk are really not that good.

    Too funny. Yes too funny is right all Pat’s fans ever hear is brady is done gronk is done and when the team moves on from them after winning a life time of super bowls and now ppl who hate the Pat’s say it was all brady and gronk and they are gonna win a sb in tampa hilarious the amount of hate that winning brings !

  21. He’s going to enjoy the show alright. This is a offensive powerhouse just waiting to get going. Vegas has them in the handful of teams that could go to the SB

  22. “So Lane Johnson was right!”

    Yeah it was just agonizing winning another Super Bowl after the Eagles had faded back into the pack SMH

    There’s only 1 thing that should be considered “fun” in the NFL, winning games. It takes extremely hard work to do so just like obtaining the pinnacle of success in any field does.

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