Here in New England and all over the country, nobody burst onto the scene quite like New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. A product of the University of Arizona, Gronkowski was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Like most Patriots rookies, Gronk flew under the radar during his college days. He missed some games in college due to injury, which brought red flags with him to the NFL combine. Once considered the best tight end in college football, he fell to the Patriots at the 42nd selection. Patriot’s fans had no idea what they were getting into when they drafted Gronk. He immediately became the best tight end in the league, maybe even the best pure athlete in the game. During his rookie year, he received a vote for the NFL All-Pro team and in his second year, he set the all-time record for touchdowns scored by a tight end. At the end of the 2011 season, his downfall began. During the second playoff game, a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Gronkowski had 5 catches for 87 yards. In the second half, Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain on a tackle by Patriot Killer and Ravens safety Bernard Pollard; the status of his ankle was one of the major story lines in the runner-up to Super Bowl XLVI. As we all know, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. Following the Super Bowl, Gronkowski had an MRI of his injured ankle that revealed strained ligaments and required surgery to repair. Injuries are common and everyone gets hurt. Because Gronk still had not reached the “Fragile” point of his career, he signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension, the largest ever for an NFL tight end. In week 11 of the 2012 season, Gronk broke and had surgery on his now famous left forearm. He returned later in the year for the first playoff game and he again broke his left foreman and would require another surgery.
We all know that Gronk is the biggest party animal in the world. It is all over ESPN on a weekly basis. Just days after having surgery on his arm, we saw video of him body slamming his brothers in nightclubs and dancing around swinging his arms all over the place. Many believe his wild and unprofessional behavior caused Gronk to have a third surgery to cure an infection. Next week, Gronkowski will go under the knife AGAIN for a fourth surgery on his left forearm to remove a plate that was put in during the last surgery. If the infection still exists, he will need a fifth surgery that will cause him to miss training camp. When doctors issue you medication for any infection, you have two things to do. Take it easy and don’t drink. Gronk has shown the entire world that he is still partying, drinking, and not showing any signs of slowing down.
Today, more news was released on Gronk. The back issues that hurt him in college have come back and there is a strong possibility that he may need back surgery. If this were to happen, he would have underwent four arm surgeries and two back surgeries with the possibility of another arm surgery to come later.
Have the New England Patriots had enough of Gronkowski’s childish behavior? The answer is yes. While Gronk is only 24 years old, we never read about other NFL players spending time with porn stars, blowing thousands at bars and nightclubs on a weekly basis, and jeopardizing his season by partying with a broken arm. There is a reason why the other Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is living with Tom Brady during this offseason and Gronkowski is not. The Patriots must settle Rob Gronkowski down or he will be out the door, no matter what his on field production means to them.