There has been a lot of talk surrounding tight end Rob Gronkowski, and how much he will play in the upcoming season.
Last night at his football 101 clinic, the big man spoke about his health: (Via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston)
“I’m planning on playing the whole season this year,” Gronkowski said Friday night during his football 101 camp for women at a local high school.
“I’m always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,” he said. “I just want to play football. I love playing the game.”
On starting camp on the active/physically-unable to perform list:
“I don’t know yet until I report, so I’ll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we’ll see,” he said. “I’m just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with [we'll be] doing as much as possible every day that I can do.”
Obviously if it were up to Gronk, he would play the entire year. However the Patriots know how valuable he is to their team, so they will not be rushing him back anytime soon. Perhaps he will start opening day, and play until the season ends. But it will not be up to him.
If New England wants to advance deep into the playoffs come January, they will need Gronkowski 100% healthy. There is no getting around it. If he gets injured again, you can pretty much kiss their Super Bowl hopes goodbye. Now, they will have a much improved defense this year, so that will definitely help, but having Gronk healthy at the end of the year is a necessity.
Hopefully Gronk’s positive attitude will help him not only get back on the field as soon as possible, but stay there for as long as possible.
Photo: TE Rob Gronkowski at his football 101 clinic tonight: “I’m planning on playing the whole season this year.” pic.twitter.com/V1UNv7rl8A
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) July 19, 2014
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