Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
Gronk underwent back surgery yesterday to repair a herniated disk. You’d be mistaken if you thought that would have him down in the dumps, though. Immediately following surgery, ‘Pimp Daddy Rob’ posted this video to Instagram and delivered some classic Gronk comedy.
He’s not wearing the #87 jersey, and he’s not running over any safeties, but I love this. The line about hitting the dance floor and the self nickname drop were classics. But just the fact that he’s up and walking excites me more. I’m a fan of Rob Gronkowski the person, and seeing that his surgery went well and he’s on his feet having fun makes me happy.
Does this mean anything for his future with the Patriots? No. And does this mean anything for his future in football? No. But does this mean something for his future in general? Absolutely.
You know, I know there’s a lot of people out there who probably think I’m being too morbid about this, and they’re probably right. However, I don’t think some people understand just how serious this is. The spine really isn’t something to mess with. Gronk has had a history full of back injuries and this was no small stinger. It was a herniated disk, and it required surgery, the third he’s had since entering the NFL.
I saw a ton of people saying he’d be back for the AFC Championship Game/Super Bowl and honestly, I was kind of appalled. Would I like for him to be able to come back this year? Of course. But come on, this guy is a human being. His simple abilities as a person are at risk with something like this. Sure, he’s a monster on the football field and most of the time, he doesn’t seem human, but god damn he has taken a ton of punishment.
Almost every season of his career, he’s had to deal with a major injury. And no, it’s not because he’s soft; it’s because he puts his body on the line for the Patriots week in and week out. That’s why he was named a team captain, and that’s why he’s fought so hard to come back from each injury.
Again, I get that I’m being morbid, and I get it’s probably annoying as all hell, but at some point, you’ve gotta have some sympathy for Rob Gronkowski the person and stop thinking about football. I know it’s hard, but it’s necessary.