Yes, Rob Gronkowski actually watches the movie. “A film overload”, he says
TAMPA – It was a recipe for irreverence and, of course, misinterpretation.
Rob Gronkowski, virtually unmatched as a tight ending and invaluable as an interview, wasn’t crazy to make an appearance on the Monday night football Simultaneous broadcast hosted by Eli and Peyton Manning. He even warned Bucs vice president of communications Nelson Luis against it, saying something absurd he says could go viral.
Still, he was there Monday night during the Lions-Packers contest, claiming he never watched a movie in preparation for a game.
“And he doesn’t have any more vet days off either,” coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday, albeit with a smile.
Moments after Arians’ comments, when the soundbite had long gone haywire on social media, Gronkowski made matters clear for those who actually believed him.
“I actually watch tons of movies, movie overload,” the 32-year-old future Hall of Famer told reporters after Wednesday’s practice.
“(The Manning brothers) always make me joke, they always put me in that kind of silly kind of atmosphere, and that’s what happened. But Coach (Arians) threatened me now that I don’t have my vet day anymore because I don’t watch a movie. Believe me, I watch so many movies that my girlfriend gets mad at me. Sometimes she throws creepy things at me because I watch so many movies.
Since being acquired by the Bucs via trade from the Patriots in April 2020, Gronkowski has been universally praised by coaches and his peers for his work ethic and selflessness. He is also experiencing a career recovery.
He’s caught two touchdown passes in each of the Bucs’ last three games (including Super Bowl 55) and now has 19 multi-TD games in his career, second all-time among NFL tight ends behind Antonio Gates (21).
“He’s the best tight end ever for a reason,” wide receiver Mike Evans said after Sunday’s 48-25 win over the Falcons. “So big and strong – he can do anything. … And he and Tom (Brady) have a great connection, one of the best connections I’ve seen. “
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