On This Day in Patriots History … Gronk Was Drafted! Rob Gronkowski - April 23, 2017

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Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun. And winning Super Bowls.

Sunday marked the seven-year anniversary of Gronk being drafted by the New England Patriots. That’s 2,555 days of total Gronk-ness, Gronk Spikes and celebrating wins with wild abandon.

Back when he was simply known as Rob Gronkowski — the tight end for the Arizona Wildcats — before the legend of Gronk was born, our hero was drafted by the Pats in the second round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

The Raiders’ scouts had rated Gronkowski as the “best all-around player in the draft,” but Bill Belichick and co. swooped in with a last minute draft day trade.

This is what Coach Belichick said about No. 87 at the time (courtesy of Patriots.com‘s draft flashback).

“So Rob Gronkowski, certainly an interesting player. Excellent size, very well thought of down there by Coach [Mike] Stoops and his staff. We visited him a couple weeks ago. I think as we saw there, in New York, he’s kind of a fun loving guy who enjoys having a good time, but he plays like that, too,” he said.

“He plays with a good attitude. He’s aggressive. He seems to be having fun out there and he was a good playmaker for Arizona in the 2008 season.

“He’s a big guy. He’s a hard matchup for a defensive back. He’s 6-5, 265, or whatever he is. He’s big and he plays big and he has a big frame. A lot of times he just boxes them out and they stuff it in there to him and he’s just a hard guy to cover. He’s a strong runner with the ball in his hands. He’s run through some tackles, made some yards after the catch,” Belichick went on. “They [Arizona] used him in the passing game. They used him in a number of different ways — deep routes, middle read routes and also some individual isolation stuff and then the conventional passing tree we see most tight ends run. I thought he did a good job of that in 2008.”

Yep, it’s almost as if Belichick had a crystal ball. This is why “in Bill we trust.”

Of course, when Roger Goodell read Rob’s name out the Gronkowski crew went wild in the green room, huddling up to chant “Gronk, Gronk, Gronk, Gronk!” We’ve heard that about 69,000 times at Gillette since then.

“I think he is a first round tight end that the Patriots just stole at 42,” the commentary predicted.

Gronk strutted out on stage wearing not only a Pats cap but also clutching a helmet — proving from the outset that he belonged in New England.

“I’m so fired up, this is a great organization, I love all the coaches, it’s awesome — to have one of the best quarterbacks in the league ever throwing me the ball, this is the greatest moment of my life,” Rob told Deion Sanders in his post-draft interview.

Check out the video below — and happy draft-iversary!


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