Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski compared himself to maple syrup in a food-based analogy

"You've gotta make that play right away, baby."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is interviewed after winning a game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Jeff Bottari/AP Photo

When ESPN reporter Jenna Laine asked Rob Gronkowski about the back-shoulder fade connection between him and Tom Brady, Gronkowski provided an analogy that will make many football fans hungry.

“It’s like a saying my mom used to say,” Gronkowski said. “‘It must be maple syrup, because butter don’t drizzle like that.'”

The former Patriot and current Buccaneers tight end Gronkowski then explained that with a stick of butter, one has to put it in the microwave and wait for it to melt. With maple syrup, however, everything happens more quickly and instantaneously. There’s no time to dilly-dally.

“You’ve gotta make that play right away, baby,” he said, “and that’s why I’m maple syrup. That’s why she always used to say that, cuz I’m quick with it. I just drizzle all over the place.”


Gronkowski has 10 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ last two games.

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