Tom Brady isn’t the only notable former New England Patriot who will be facing his former team for the first time. Rob Gronkowski left the Patriots before Brady’s final season, but returned to the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reunite with the legendary quarterback.
He’s a Patriots legend in his own right, having led the team to three Super Bowl victories. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time First-Team All-Pro for the franchise.
It sounds like Gronk is feeling very rejuvenated now that he’s playing for Bruce Arians’ more free-wheeling franchise. As you’d expect, he has fond memories of his time with the Patriots. He recounted some of his favorite restaurants and summer vacation spots throughout New England in a Q&A with ESPN .
But what is his favorite benefit of being a Patriot? Seats on the courtside for the Boston Celtics.
When asked what he misses most about playing in New England, Gronk said, “They would hook us up, front row.” “It was always really cool to go to an NBA game and be right there on the court.” ”
Gronk’s NFL career began in the midst of a historic sports run for the entire city of Boston. He was a member of three of the six Super Bowl teams during the Belichick/Brady era. After breaking the famous Curse of the Bambino in 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their third and fourth World Series titles in the twenty-first century in 2013 and 2018. The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1972 in 2011, and they went on to win conference championships in 2013 and 2019. The Celtics’ last championship came in 2009, two years before Gronk’s career began, but they’ve been a strong Eastern Conference contender since then, and the atmosphere at TD Garden is electric. With kickoff at 8:20 p.m., Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski’s return to New England gets the Sunday Night Football treatment.
[ ESPN ]