DALLAS — Tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t quite over the way the season ended for the Patriots. But Gronkowski is ready to take some lessons from his rookie season to help him get ready for another year.
Gronkowski is in Dallas this week to join his brothers Chris and Dan, who also are in the NFL, for a charity event. The Gronkowski brothers are joining other NFL players, Target and the Heart of America Foundation to put the finishing touches on a renovated library at George Peabody Elementary on Friday.
The event was supposed to be today but was postponed because of weather.
In the meantime, Gronkowski said he is not going to the Super Bowl but is taking in the atmosphere.
After the Patriots lost to the New York Jets in the divisional playoffs, Gronkowski said “there were no words” to describe the disappointment.
But in the weeks since the loss, Gronkowski has been able to put some things in perspective.
“You have to keep going hard and working hard and learn more about the system and about the NFL,” Gronkowski said. “I definitely learned a lot about how things work.”
With the guidance of veteran tight end Alge Crumpler, Gronkowski said he and fellow rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez benefitted from Crumpler’s knowledge.
“Alge taught me a lot on the field and off the field,” Gronkowski said. “If I had questions he would have an answer and he helped me out with the playbook and how to take care of my body.”
A couple of other thoughts from Gronkowski:
On how to work in the offseason:
“I’m not really sure we’ll see what happens with the lockout and everything. Hopefully, there’s not one so I can be in New England for the offseason program.”
On being in the NFL with his brothers:
“It was pretty crazy and definitely surreal but it was fun at the same time. It was great to see each other now. It’s awesome.”
On Brady being selected AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year:
“He definitely deserves it. He’s a great, great player and works hard on the practice field and in the study room.”
On what it was like to meet Brady the first time?:
“Just going into a program you’re intimidated overall, but you just kind of get used to it and get adjusted and get comfortable.”
“… [Brady] helped me with the playbook and anything I needed when I first got there.”