A season or so ago, Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end, and Rob Gronkowski, the bottle of Axe Body Spray in human form, crossed trajectories, with football Gronk descending and party Gronk ascending. You’ll never be free of Gronk the Party Beast; he’ll be cameo’ing on TV shows and starring in reality series from now until the heat death of the universe.
But in his day, football Gronk was as fearsome a beast as has ever donned a helmet, and on Sunday against New Orleans, football Gronk once again elbowed his way to the front of the national consciousness. As the pocket broke down around Tom Brady, Gronk found an open space downfield, outran one man and literally stepped over another for a 54-yard touchdown:
GET. OFF. HIM.
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2017
Of note, that marked Gronkowski’s 69th career touchdown, a nice number whose significance we won’t explain if you don’t already know it. Suffice to say that the fact Gronk’s TD came on a rumbling, stomping, game-swinging, ball-slinging play is all the evidence you need that the football gods do indeed have a decent sense of humor.
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Next up on the list for Gronk: 6,969 yards. He’s around 800 yards short, meaning he could get there with a decent season this year. Something for Football Gronk to chase, and Party Gronk to celebrate. We can’t wait.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at email@example.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.
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