Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

Rob Gronkowski spikeAssuming Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy throughout training camp and the preseason, Tom Brady will have his most dangerous weapon on the field when the New England Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. Bill Belichick told reporters on Wednesday that Gronk has been cleared to play.

Gronkowski, who underwent surgery for a torn ACL six months ago, was not placed on the physically unable to perform list before training camp began. That was the first indication that the big tight end is good to go.

The Patriots brought in Brandon LaFell this offseason and are hoping to get more production from Danny Amendola in 2014, but Gronkowski is the engine that powers New England’s offense. When Gronk is on the field, the Patriots are more effective in both the passing and run games. He has tremendous hands, is Brady’s favorite red zone target and is an underrated blocker.

Gronkowski hauled in four touchdowns last season despite appearing in only seven games. He has 15 touchdowns in 18 games over the past two seasons and 42 total touchdowns in 50 career games.

The question, of course, will be whether Gronk can stay healthy. He is only 25 and has already had multiple back and arm surgeries in addition to major knee surgery.

What does this mean for fantasy football? Drafting Gronkowski will always be a risk given his injury history, but he can single-handedly win fantasy weeks when he is on the field. The fact that he has been cleared to play so early in camp indicates that Gronk had no setbacks throughout the offseason, which is obviously good news. If the health issues don’t scare you away, there’s no reason Gronk shouldn’t be drafted nearly as high as Jimmy Graham.

Rob Gronkowski gets down at Jennifer Lopez concert (Video)

rob-gronkowskiNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be progressing well with his knee rehab, and Jennifer Lopez can probably attest to that. When J-Lo looked out into the audience during her concert at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday night, she may have seen a 6-foot-6 meathead straight cutting a rug. That would have been Gronk.

Everyone’s favorite tight end showed off his dance moves while J-Lo performed her 2002 hit — and one of her more thoughtlessly-written songs — “Jenny From the Block.”

Between his appearance on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and his antics at the J-Lo concert, I think we can safely conclude that Gronk’s knee is feeling pretty good.

Rob Gronkowski danced up a storm on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-DancingNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be recovering well from a torn ACL he suffered last season. If his knee was still bothering him, you’d have to assume the 25-year-old wouldn’t have dominated the scene on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Monday night.

Gronk was a special guest on the popular improv show, and he didn’t disappoint. As you can see, there was a few-minute segment where he danced around while Wayne Brady and company sang a song about him. He also took part in a skit with “personal trainer” Ryan Stiles that included a lot of boob jokes.

This guy needs to be a guest on more shows. The world needs more Gronk.

GIFs via Guyism

Rob Gronkowski goes Macaulay Culkin on Julian Edelman

Rob Gronkowski shirt Julian Edelman

It only took one day for Rob Gronkowski to prepare his T-shirt response to Julian Edelman, and it was everything we hoped for.

If you missed it, Edelman on Monday wore a T-shirt featuring a picture of a shirtless Gronk. That was Edelman’s way of taking the Ryan Gosling role in the ongoing Gosling-Macaulay Culkin T-shirt battle. So Gronk responded Tuesday by wearing a shirt featuring a picture of Edelman wearing a shirt with Gronk on it. And you have to love the sunglasses and chin fuzz to look just like Julian. But the best part was Gronk going sleeveless and showing off his biceps. How’s Edelman going to compete with that?

Rob Gronkowski got a birthday spanking from his mother


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski turned earlier 25 this week, but just because he has made two Pro Bowl teams doesn’t mean Gronkowski is immune to a little birthday treatment from mom.

On Saturday, the 25-year-old posted the above photo to his Twitter account of himself braced for impact from a spanking delivered by his mother. Probably not an image you would have expected from Rob Gronkowski regarding how he spent his birthday, but here we have it.

Pretty good form from mom, like she’s no stranger to wielding a paddle.

Photo via Twitter/RobGronkowski

Here’s Rob Gronkowski double-fisting giant steak chops

Rob Gronkowski steak meat

Rob Gronkowski used to be a figurative meathead. Now he is a literal one.

And you know what the unbelievable part is? The guy posts that picture and then gets both women AND men throwing themselves at him:

They’re just signing up to get Gronked. Jealous?

Oh, and here’s the moment Gronk became an all-conquering hero:


Rob Gronkowski is ‘jacked central,’ will bang out 69 pushups right now (Video)

Rob Gronkowski is not letting a torn ACL ruin his offseason. The New England Patriots tight end is killing his free time per usual. Earlier this week, Gronk was on the set of the upcoming “Entourage” movie filming a cameo with teammate Julian Edelman. A TMZ reporter caught up with him for an interview, and we can’t tell you how thankful we are for that.

The interview began with the cameraman telling Gronk he is looking good right now.

“That’s what I do,” Gronkowski replied. “I’m beast mode lately, baby. Jacked central, that’s all. You know, I just work out all the time.”

Gronk then offered to get down and bang out some pushups. When asked how many he could do, he gave the most Gronk answer you could ever imagine.

“Probably 69,” he said before bursting out laughing.

Patriots fans — and football fans in general — will be happy to hear that Gronk said he is doing well with his rehab and getting stronger every day. Don’t expect him to attempt more than 69 pushups, though. I’m sure he’s stuck on that number for a reason.