It’s possible the “whole ‘hood” may still want a piece of the Patriots Rob Gronkowski, but Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White has had a change of heart when it comes to Gronk. Or maybe just maybe the rookie is following his coach’s lead and focusing more on the task at hand - beating the Pats and earning a playoff spot - than exacting revenge on the all-world tight end.
Speaking today to Sirius XM NFL radio, White said the anger that bubbled over after that Gronkowski cheap shot in Buffalo December 3rd has subsided and now he just wants to play ball.
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“As I've had time to think about it, I knew he wasn't that type of player. We just honed in and moved on from it. But I get the film Sunday and the best way that I can handle that situation and just try to go in there and just get a big old ‘W' in their stadium and try to help our playoff chances. So yeah, I'm not a guy who's going to try to do a cheap shot after the whistle. Nothing. I'm gonna play the game the way it's supposed to be played. Respect the game and just like I said, going in there and winning would be the best revenge."
That’s a sharp turn from where White was less than two weeks ago. He told Buffalo reporters Gronk was a dirty player.
"Man, it's a joke, dog. Man, I don't know what to say on that. I'm laying there. He snuck me with my back turned. He could have broke my neck. I mean, I got a son to raise. All that. People don't think about that when they just react."
Gronkowski spoke to reporters Friday for the first time since his one-game suspension and refused to address White’s comments or whether or not he had reached out to the player. In the immediate aftermath of the first Bills game, Gronk’s comments seemed to lack the necessary remorse - or at least that’s how it was read in some corners.
“First of all, I definitely want to apologize to number 27,” Gronkowski said. “I’m not in the business of that. There was a lot of frustration. I was just really frustrated at that moment and it just happened naturally through emotions and frustrations. I just want to apologize to Tre'Davious White. I don’t really believe in any types of shots like that but just through the frustration process -- the game of football -- emotions, (it's) what happened.”
If the Bills win their final two games, they will make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, the longest active playoff drought in any major sport. Meanwhile, Gronkowski recorded a career-high 168 yards receiving at Pittsburgh in his first game back from the suspension.