Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/18/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots carries a reception into the endzone past Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants for a first quarter touchdown on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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. via bustedcoverage.com 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. -Kovner
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dion Lewis signed extension to repay Patriots for giving him chance

Report: South Carolina to start Perry Orth at QB vs. LSU

Mark Giordano: Flames’ effort in opener was 'unacceptable'

LeBron James says he’s in same class as Michael Jordan

Report: Some Texans players have already 'checked out' on coaches

WATCH: Washington scores against USC with trick play


Andre Johnson, Colts down Texans in key division win

Claude Julien: Illegal hit on Patrice Bergeron warrants ‘further consequences’

Foster’s return to game after head injury raises questions

Lions owner Martha Ford is not happy with NFL about blown call on MNF

New details on Duke Williams dismissal

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Matt Hasselbeck was ‘on his death bed’ before Texans game

WATCH: Jets' Burmistrov lays dirty hit on Bruins' Bergeron

Report: Cowboys ban filming offense in practice with Patriots next on schedule

Maryland HC Randy Edsall responds on Twitter to firing reports

Pacquiao says he is in talks with Mayweather about rematch

Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Nebraska

Jack Del Rio: Raiders will go after Peyton Manning, want to ‘take him down’

Charles Barkley will guest star on 'The NFL Today'

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s contract structure protects team from overpaying struggling QB

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker