The only thing Gronk likes more than spiking touchdowns and dancing with his bros is hanging out with kids — and his dedication to Boston Children’s Hospital won him an award on Tuesday.
Who can forget the photos of Rob visiting the hospital in a wheelchair dressed as a giant elf after his ACL surgery a few years ago, or more recently with big bro Gordie in bringing cheer Pats onesies?
The big brass at Boston Children’s Hospital didn’t, and Gronk was granted the 2016 Champion Award at the Champions for Children’s fund-raiser Tuesday. The swanky event was hosted by Jay Leno and held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
After Gronk was taken out of Sunday’s game early with a sore back, Martellus Bennett stood in to accept the award – and he did it with all the wisecracks you’d expect, proving he’s got a future in standup if he ever quits football.
“I know he wanted to be here but he couldn’t make it,” Bennett (a.k.a. Uncle Smarty) said, according to Fox 25. “Mr. Kraft and everybody was like ‘Rob, who do you think?’ And he was like ‘Marty.’ So they called me and said Rob would like to go for him and I was like alright cool.”
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As for the guy who really does have a standup comedy career, host Leno told the audience: “This is very exciting, it’s my hometown and it’s Boston and its kids.”
Pats offensive lineman Nate Solder is one of the many parents grateful to Boston Children’s Hospital as his 16-month-old son is being treated there for a rare kidney cancer.
“You always want to do the ones [charities] close to your heart and this one certainly is that,” Solder said.
The annual fundraiser has raised $42 million since 1997, and we’re sure this year was no different, with Boston sports stars including Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, Pats defensive back Devin McCourty, Celtics guard Marcus Smart, onetime Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton, and former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek on the guest list.
We can’t wait to Gronk back on the field in full health, but in the meantime — we have the magic of this …