Rob Gronkowski sticks to a strict regiment during the season, but coach Belichick is permissible of his antics during the offseason.
By Jason Rowan
If the excerpts from “It’s Good to be Gronk,” an upcoming book from Rob Gronkowski (co-written by Jason Rosenhaus) are representative of what is contained in the 211 pages, fans are in for a real treat. Pages culled from the tome by the Boston Globe’s Gayle Fee for a column published Thursday establishes that the New England Patriots tight end doesn’t hold anything back as he chronicles his life both on and off the football field.
The book details his evolution from wild and crazy youngster to an even wilder and crazier adult, including his partying days in high school to his even more out of control partying during his college days.
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Gronkowski points out in the book that he learned his lesson about in-season booze binges after a huge hangover played a part in his high school team losing a big game. After that two-day hangover, he swore off liquor during the football season and insists he continues to abide by that practice to this day.
But there are nevertheless plenty of insane anecdotes about his partying, including how he and his brothers made some modifications to the house their dad bought for them when he was attending the University of Arizona by turning a hallway into a makeshift Slip ‘N Slide.
“We would invite all the hot athletic and sorority girls over then take dishwashing liquid and squirt it all over the floor to get it slippery. We would then squirt it all over ourselves to get lubed up then throw water all over the place. The name of the game was to make it from door to door sliding on your chest.”
That sounds positively Gronk-ian.
But perhaps the best story to emerge from the excerpts culled by Fee is the one about how Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was neither impressed nor worried about Gronkowski’s hard-partying ways.
During a chat with the boss, Gronkowski reports that he told Belichick that the “fun stuff makes me grind harder, Coach!”
Belichick apparently reacted to Gronk’s statement in a manner that is as Belichickian as it gets.
“He shook his head and walked away and said, ‘Whatever works for you …’” Gronkowski reveals.