Is there room for two Gronks in the AFC East?
Glenn Gronkowski proved there is after he played his first preseason game with the Buffalo Bills against the Colts Saturday night.
Playing for the Bills is a homecoming for the Buffalo native and as you can imagine, there were plenty of family members and old friends cheering him on at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Having watched big brothers Dan, Chris and Rob all play in the NFL, Glenn grew up in the ultimate football family, which has helped the rookie fullback out of Kansas State prep for the biggest job of his life.
“It’s exciting. I grew up a Bills fan and everything like that,” Glenn told Buffalo sports radio WGR on Thursday. “It’s gonna be wild, especially going out on to that field. All my friends and family will be there, so it’s definitely going to be exciting. I’m looking forward to it.”
The Bills ended up losing 18-19 to the Colts Saturday night, but that wasn’t due to a lack of support from the Gronk crew. “I heard them screaming from the first row … it was just awesome to be out there, I was ready to go,” Glenn said after the game.
While he played for Williamsville North High School and went to Bills games as a kid, Glenn’s most recent experiences at Ralph Wilson had been watching big bro Rob play there with the Pats – but that’s all about to change.
“The atmosphere of the Bills fans, they’re definitely the top fans out there,” Glenn said. “They definitely live and die for the Bills. Obviously it’s been a tough stretch, but they’re still there for every game. No matter how how, how cold, no matter the Bills record they’re always out there going crazy, always loud and always supporting their team.
“I’ve told [the other rookies] that if we make the playoffs, this whole city is going to burn down,” he boldly predicted. “I know Bills fans have been waiting for it, it’s been a long time, so hopefully we can get it done this year.”
Last night, it was #BackToFootball.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 14, 2016
Of course, Buffalo has to get past the Pats to reach that coveted playoff spot. The Gronk brothers face off Week 4 in Foxboro and then Week 8 in Buffalo, and you can bet that they are both hyped to be playing each other for the first time!
Congrats lil bro @ggronko signing with our hometown Buffalo Bills. It's all about getting an opportunity and capitalizing. Go pats! ??
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) April 30, 2016
We hope the Gronkowski family have some split Pats-Bills zubaz jerseys made before then as they’re gonna have to be cheering on both offenses.
Check out Glenn talking about his training camp experiences with Buffalo’s WIVB-TV sports director Josh Reed below.