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Patriots injury inspires 'Gronk Healing Tree' in Arlington

Posted by Brock Parker  January 31, 2012 12:25 PM

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Arlington businessman Harry Groome has named a small spruce the "Gronk Healing Tree" for Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski's injured ankle. Photo by Harry Groome.

Patriots fans hoping tight end Rob Gronkowski’s high ankle sprain will heal in time for the Super Bowl Sunday might want to send some good will towards a slow growing dwarf spruce tree in Arlington this week.

The tree at the corner of Mystic and Chestnut streets has been nicknamed the “Gronk Healing Tree,” and is accompanied by a picture of the injured Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game.

The tree was named after Gronkowski by Arlington businessman Harry Groome to spread some goodwill for the injured ankle and generate some interest in Groome’s company “Fans Without Footprints,” which raises money to reduce the negative environmental impact of large sporting events.

If Gronkowski is hobbled by the injury this weekend, Groome said he believes the Patriots chance at winning the Super Bowl takes a big hit.

“He’s the man,” Groome said. “He’s been such a key to the offense and their whole psyche.”

Groome said his company sponsors the town-owned spot where he planted the little spruce tree in December. At the time, he invited people to decorate it as a holiday tree.

He renamed the holiday tree the “Gronk Healing Tree” over the weekend, and Groome said he’s already gotten some good response from local high school students.

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