Following the New England Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night in Indianapolis, many people were scratching their heads and asking the ever rhetorical ‘what if’ question. As in what if Tom Brady had completed that pass late in the fourth quarter to Wes Welker? What if Brady doesn’t get called for intentional grounding in the end zone (resulting in a safety) on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage? What if the Patriots’ defense doesn’t get flagged for too many men on the field during the Giants’ second offensive series, extending a drive that would result in New York’s first touchdown of the game?
Yet for all the hypothetical’s one can throw out in hindsight of Sunday’s contest, the biggest ‘what if’ might have surrounded the Patriots’ starting tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Before the game even began Gronkowski had been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain that he had suffered during the AFC Championship two weeks earlier against the Baltim