Tom Brady says Gronk has loved this season in Tampa Bay

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When Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the Patriots, he indicated that football had worn him down both physically and mentally. When he came back to the Buccaneers for this season, he felt better than ever.

That’s the word from his longtime teammate Tom Brady, who said that Gronk has been feeling phenomenal in Tampa Bay.

“He’s super excited because he feels so good,” Brady said. “He’s played 20 games this year. I think that’s the most he’s ever played in his career. He’s one of the most unique people. Just being around him, he’s so positive. I think everybody wishes in their next life they come back as Rob just because he’s got such a great personality about him, just his way of being positive. He’s a really high achiever. He’s very competitive and I see the competitive nature, the determination. When you’re down and out, you want him with you. I think that speaks to him as a teammate, as a person and I love playing with him. I’ve known him for a long time and I’m just so proud of all of his accomplishments. He’s an amazing guy. I know for both of us, we rely on each other a lot for different things. I’ll be looking for him this Sunday, so that’s the most important thing.”

Sunday is Brady’s 10th Super Bowl, and it’s Gronkowski’s fifth. They’ve been in a lot of big games together.

25 responses to “Tom Brady says Gronk has loved this season in Tampa Bay

  1. They love the freedom of being able to do whatever they want and it being all about them and their brands doesn’t work like that in new England.

  2. I kinda feel bad but then again if getting blown out in the Superbowl is something to celebrate then have at Tom and Gronk.

  3. Look for a couple of key plays where Gronk is a factor upfield. He just doesn’t get open like he used to, but he’s dangerous in the red zone and blocks like he’s possessed.

  4. Definitely the year off helped Gronk physically. But weirdly, I think what has also helped this year is his being used principally as a blocking tight end. Back when he was a frequent receiving target, he got beaten up a lot.

    When he made that great 3rd-down catch in Super Bowl 53, he got nailed so hard in the thigh that he says he lay awake all night crying and was in such pain for a couple of weeks afterward that he could only sleep for 20 minutes at a time. He had several procedures to drain large volumes blood from his thigh for a month. It was that injury that convinced him he needed to retire. A year off helped him heal fully and regain his natural positive attitude. And this season he’s just not getting the same kind of punishment because of his different role.

  5. Every time another one of these articles comes out where a former pats player hints at how much more they enjoy themselves not playing for New England (or players not wanting to go there), pats fans get more and more triggered and defensive. No one can deny the power of a championship, but why pretend that the patriot way doesn’t make players miserable?

  6. cookerduff123 says:
    February 5, 2021 at 8:05 am
    Every time another one of these articles comes out where a former pats player hints at how much more they enjoy themselves not playing for New England (or players not wanting to go there), pats fans get more and more triggered and defensive. No one can deny the power of a championship, but why pretend that the patriot way doesn’t make players miserable?

    You’re 100% correct. They get so mad and defensive when they hear what is obviously the truth. They’re still mad at Lane Johnson for telling the truth based on his conversations with several former Pats players. It IS a fear based organization and ISN’T fun to play for BB. Did they win a lot? Obviously they did. At least until Brady left. But it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for the players for the most part. That’s true no matter how many times fans try to say otherwise

  7. Gronk’s dart board is a picture of Belichick on the wall.

    How may MORE SB Rings would Brady have if Kraft just sent BB away on vacation during the Draft, or at the very least, prevented BB from picking Players for the Offense.

  8. Fun doesn’t always = better let alone the best. I get BB is an old school hardcase but Tom wouldn’t be the GOAT and Gronk might not be the Gronk with out BB being BB. I think the military uses the term “embrace the suck” and I tend to agree as long as there is a mutual respect. I’d jump at the chance to learn from and play for BB any day!

  9. Every time another one of these articles comes out where a former pats player hints at how much more they enjoy themselves not playing for New England (or players not wanting to go there), pats fans get more and more triggered and defensive. No one can deny the power of a championship, but why pretend that the patriot way doesn’t make players miserable?
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    No one likes it when their dreams are shattered.

    Whats awesome is, their idols are the ones trolling them now.

  10. maxim says:
    February 5, 2021 at 10:14 am
    Fun doesn’t always = better let alone the best. I get BB is an old school hardcase but Tom wouldn’t be the GOAT and Gronk might not be the Gronk with out BB being BB. I think the military uses the term “embrace the suck” and I tend to agree as long as there is a mutual respect. I’d jump at the chance to learn from and play for BB any day!
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    Well, now it’s time for New England fans to “embrace the suck” because the Patriots will never be as dominate as they have been in the past. The Patriots are now destine to meander in mediocrity and become the northeast version of the Dallas Cowboys.

  11. BB good coach, probably the worst GM to ever run a draft.
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    His first Draft, he landed Brady

    1 Richard Seymour
    2 Matt Light
    2 Deion Branch
    4 Asante Samuel
    1 Vince Wilfork
    1 Logan Mankins
    4 Gostkowski
    1 Jerod Mayo
    5 Matt Slater
    2 Pat Chung
    7 PEDleman
    1 Devin McCourty
    2 Gronk.. I’ll stop there

    Thats 2000-2010, 2011-present drafted 34 more starters to this point.

    Traded picks for Welker, and Moss.

    You don’t get to 9 Super Bowls if you’re a lousy GM that can’t select good players.

  12. The Patriots are now destine to meander in mediocrity and become the northeast version of the Dallas Cowboys.
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    Americas Teams

    .. the irony is thick, isn’t it.

  13. Both gronk and Brady are warriors who won multiple rings happily with Belichick a HOF coach. Are proving this year why they are HOF players.

  14. Belichick did not Draft Brady – Belichick did not want Brady – the coaching staff begged BB to Draft Brady, reluctantly he did and only because he was a ‘left-over’ 6th Round aquisition.

    Brady was NOT a Belichick Brain Storm. Once Brady was on the Team and BB recognised his NFL aptitude, leadership and skill set, the rest became NFL History.

    Brady is in Tampa Bay right now because ‘genius’ Belichick forced him out.
    Kraft is also to blame because he should of reigned in BB and had a serious discussion with him on who owns the Team and what Brady has done for the Team and most importantly = Could still be doing for the Team = SUPERBOWL

  15. solo681 says:
    February 5, 2021 at 9:49 am
    Gronk’s dart board is a picture of Belichick on the wall.

    How may MORE SB Rings would Brady have if Kraft just sent BB away on vacation during the Draft, or at the very least, prevented BB from picking Players for the Offense.
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    I admit to being a Pat’s fan, but this is crazy. BB drafted Brady at 199 while having a quality starting QB in Drew Bledsoe. Not likely that another GM would have picked him up. BB drafted Gronk and Hernandez in the same draft. How many GM’s would use two top picks on TE’s in the same draft. If BB was on vacation that day it is likely that Gronk would have been on a different team. BB has made a lot of bad draft picks, but he has drafted well enough for his team to get to 9 Super Bowls over 20 years. That alone is good enough for a GM to get into the Hall of Fame as an executive.

  16. The league has evolved past the non-team management style of Belichick. It is far too much work for one person to do both jobs well. Pete Carroll & John Schneider have demonstrated that for a decade. The Packers are showing similar promise with Matt LaFleur & Brian Gutekunst.

    On the coaching side, several former Seattle players have commented about how much more they learned from Belichick and Harbaugh. One doesn’t win SIX Super Bowls by mistake with poor coaching.

    Will Tom Brady surpass Otto Graham? Did Bill Belichick innovate and change the game as much as Paul Brown? One sign of true dominance in a sport is when a person causes the league to change the rules. E.g., Chamberlain, O’Neal… Brady rule, inflategate, tuck rule, Belichick clock rule… AND much of what Paul Brown did.

  17. Belichick did not Draft Brady – Belichick did not want Brady – the coaching staff begged BB to Draft Brady, reluctantly he did and only because he was a ‘left-over’ 6th Round aquisition.
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    It was nothing but random chance things turned out the way they did, sure.

    But by title, by any definition, Belichick was the man in charge of the Patriot personnel dept when Tom Brady was selected.

  18. Brady and Gronk have accomplished the same thing outside the Patriots as Jimmy G, made it to SB against the Chiefs.

  19. Brady stayed here for TWENTY years. It couldn’t have been that bad. Gronk was the best TE when he was healthy during his stay. Was he mad that Belichick limited his time acting like a 12 year-old goofball? Yeah, that’s something to be bitter about and continuously troll the Patriots for. Grow up, Gronk. Try taking the high road, because your ex-teammates all wish you well.

  20. Gronk would not have as much fun if they called the illegal picks he runs on every play.

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