As far as NFL stars go, Rob Gronkowski is as close to the Us Weekly “Stars, They’re Just Like Us” model as they come. He’s from a big family, still hangs out with his brothers, has a good time at night, watches movies, and generally does the sort of things you or I would do if we suddenly were gifted with the Super Soldier serum, got super huge, and became All Pro tight ends.
Which is to say that Gronkowski is relatable in his own way. He keeps things simple, and there’s beauty in that. He’s not trying to be an enigma, he isn’t overly concerned with his brand at all times keeping him at arm’s length even when he is trying to be a man of the people, and he hasn’t come to the point yet where he resents the media or the fans for, well, doing whatever the media and the fans do to star athletes.
He’s just Gronk. And that’s why it’s kind of refreshing to see him not only named to this week’s GQ, but also being announced as the cover athlete for EA Sports’ Madden NFL 17. He deserves it for his play on the field, sure, but he’s winning one for all the Gronks out there – in name, or otherwise – who can only dream of doing such a thing.
Uproxx Sports got a few minutes with Gronk himself to discuss the honors, his party-boat cruise, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, his love of Adam Sandler movies, and more.