Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/1/13

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski understands the NFL business all too well, he’s been the focus of the media and fans going crazy over his crazy antics. However, when you’re young and talented it’s easy to forget there will come a time when teams move on from them. Gronkowski has been on the Patriots long enough to know they don’t play, and when it’s time to say goodbye, they do it without a kiss. Gronkowski spoke on ESPN Radio New York with Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco about the Wes Welker's departure and the business side of the NFL. “At first you’re always shocked whenever moves like that happen in the NFL. You’re always like ‘wow.’ But you’re used to it now too. There’s teams out there every single month, every single year that you see the best veteran player on the team get cut, get traded or whatever it is. All I can do now as a player is move forward on. He’s going to be missed. He’s a great guy, a great teammate and a great player. He worked very hard. Now I have to just keep working very hard and I have to keep on doing what I’m doing and trying to improve myself. Be a good teammate, be on the team, going out every practice working hard and going out to practice and doing things right now.” On the business side of the NFL: “Right now, where I’m at in my career, I’m not even really worried about it. The only thing I care about is that I’m on the football field, I’m out there playing and I’m out there with my teammates going full-out. Being out at practice, being out at games and as of right now I’m on the Patriots, I’m having a blast on the team. I love the Patriots and I love the organization. To tell you the truth, I haven’t ever once thought of the NFL as a business yet, the way I’m in it and the stage I’m at in the NFL. But I haven’t really thought about it in the future yet, so when it comes down to that time I can answer that question better, but as of right now I’m having a blast being on the team and trying to win some games.”     var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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