Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/25/12

Rob Gronkowski didn't wish to dance around the subject any longer.

The New England Patriots tight end took some grief after he was seen dancing following the team's Super Bowl XLVI loss to the New York Giants - all this with an injured ankle.

"Hard work and dedication, I always put my job first before anything, no matter what it is. I'm always just dedicating myself. Unfortunately, it just happened like that. I mean, it is what it is," Gronkowski said on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.

"I have a lot of fun with my family. It was the first time I got to see them in a while. We were just having fun with my brothers and stuff, friends I hadn't seen in a while. The chance to hang out with (the band) LMFAO, that was pretty cool, too. Unfortunately we didn't win and that was the number one goal."

A shirtless Gronkowski on the dance floor was taken into task, drawing criticism from many - including former Patriots star (and now NFL analyst) Rodney Harrison.

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