Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
When Gronk was placed on IR in December 2016, I was devastated. I knew the Patriots would be fine without him, but I was afraid for him. He had already suffered so many major injuries, and this was just another chink in the armor. I never really admitted this at the time, but I honestly thought we might never see the guy on a football field ever again.
However, I just saw this video and this ear-to-ear grin has let to leave my face.
Gronk just went HAM at WrestleMania!!! pic.twitter.com/CEk111smgY
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 2, 2017
Rob Gronkowski just stepped into the ring — wearing only a tanktop, gym shorts and some Jordan 6s — and murdered a man. Sent the dude straight to the depths of hell and stomped on him as the devil dragged him down. It was incredible.
Now, I’m not gonna lie, I’m not a fan of wrestling. I couldn’t tell you where WrestleMania’s being held, who Gronk just killed, or who holds whichever title belt is most important these days. I was kinda into the WWE when John Cena and R-Truth were beefing in like — 2011, but besides that, I know nothing.
I do know something about Gronk, though, and I can assure you, this is a very good sign.
First of all, Gronk knows his limitations. I know everyone under the sun thinks he’s some dimwitted meathead, but he’s not. If he had had any reservations about this WrestleMania appearance, he wouldn’t have done it. He knows exactly what he needs to do to get back on the field. He would not have done anything to negatively affect his rehab timeline.
And, he wouldn’t have done this without the Patriots’ permission. I know that he and his family (aka Gronk Inc.) take great pride in controlling how he handles injuries, but I don’t think he would have done something like this without running it by the Pats. Both the team and Gronk know that the best chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions will come with him on the field, and like I said, I can’t imagine he’d do something to compromise that.
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