Rob Gronkowski was certainly a character during his playing days with the Patriots, but his antics stretch before his days in New England.
When Gronkowski was added to the NFL’s All-Time Team on Friday night, coach Bill Belichick shared a story about Gronkowski falling asleep on the floor during his pre-draft visit with the Patriots.
“Rob was kind of a shot in the dark. He came up on his pre-draft visit, had a bad visit,” Belichick said. “We put him in a room, came back and he was asleep on the floor.”
Added Belichick: “Didn’t make a very good impression.”
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In addition to falling asleep during his visit, Belichick said Gronkowski’s back injury during his junior season at Arizona made it even more of a risk when the Patriots selected him in the second round in the 2010 NFL Draft.
As we know now: Drafting Gronkowski ended up being a successful selection.
“We traded up for him, and we kind of just bet that he would come through,” Belichick said. “He certainly did, big time.”