‘Gronk’ surprises NY student with visit, jersey

Plenty of teenagers have replica jerseys of their favorite NFL

player. Tawfiq Baity (ter-FEEK’ BAYE’-tee) had his hand-delivered

by his football idol.

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised the 17-year-old

junior at Lockport High School outside Buffalo by walking into his

history class Tuesday morning and handing him a New England jersey

with Gronkowski’s name and No. 87.

Gronkowski is the teen’s favorite player on his favorite team.

Gronkowski was accompanied by his brother, Dan, a tight end for the

Cleveland Browns. The brothers grew up in the nearby Buffalo suburb

of Williamsville.

Baity has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. He came to

Gronkowski’s attention after appearing in a ”get-well” video

Lockport students produced for the player after he broke his arm

late last season.