Rob Gronkowski

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski envisioned beginning his NFL career in Arizona.

Gronkowski played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was one of the best tight end prospects entering the 2010 NFL Draft. His initial preference was to make the 2-hour trip from Tuscon to Glendale and play for the Arizona Cardinals. The Kurt Warner era in Arizona had just ended and the team needed a tight end. On paper, the Cardinals and Gronkowski were a perfect match.

“I loved being in the state of Arizona … I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there,” Gronkowski said Tuesday on Arizona radio station 98.7 FM's "Doug & Wolf" show. “I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit.”

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The visit didn't go very well.

“I took a visit there and everything, I could tell they had no interest in me,” Gronkowski said. “I could tell, the people that brought me in, they were just bringing me in to bring me in.”

Concerns over Gronkowski's back played a part in him dropping to the second round, where the Patriots took a chance on him with the 42nd overall pick. Gronkowski played nine years for the Patriots and became arguably the greatest tight end in pro football history.

He also played a part in three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams, including a Super Bowl LIII triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in February of 2019 that turned out to be his last NFL game. He retired in March of last year.

The Cardinals are still searching for an elite tight end 10 years later. The position has been an area of weakness for Arizona throughout the last decade. According to USA TODAY, Gronkowski's 80 career receiving touchdowns are 54 more than every Cardinals tight end combined (26 TDs) from 2010 through 2018. 

The Cardinals did take a tight end in the 2010 draft with the selection of Jim Dray in the seventh round. He played in 56 games (and tallied just two receiving touchdowns) for the Cardinals over a seven-year career that also included time with three other teams.

Gronkowski would've been great for the Cardinals, and he was right in their backyard.

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Does Travis Kelce's Super Bowl celebration rival those of Rob Gronkowski?

Does Travis Kelce's Super Bowl celebration rival those of Rob Gronkowski?

When it comes to celebrating Super Bowl titles, few players, if any, have had better celebrations that Rob Gronkowski.

The former New England Patriots tight end had notoriously great antics at the Patriots' Super Bowl parades. This including a one-handed catch of a beer which he chugged and spiked, as you can see here via Steve Perrault.

Gronk had another similar moment at the 2015 Super Bowl parade. But his best -- or at least the most hilarious -- post-Super Bowl celebration came when he accidently dented the team's 2019 Lombardi Trophy with a baseball at the team's visit to Fenway Park.

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That said, Gronk may now have a rival when it comes to celebrations. And it's another one of the NFL's best tight ends.

After the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, Travis Kelce was seen using the Lombardi Trophy to chug a beer. You can see his method here courtesy of ESPN.

We have to admit that's a pretty slick and clever move by Kelce. But does it reach the same level as Gronk's celebrations? Probably not, as Gronk's were all spontaneous while Kelce's action was pre-planned.

And truth be told, it will be hard for anyone to ever top Gronk denting the Lombardi Trophy. That story just perfectly encapsulates Gronk's fun-loving off-field antics and personality, and the dent will remain a part of the trophy for posterity.

Rob Gronkowski had great reaction to Bill Belichick's Super Bowl ring flex

Rob Gronkowski had great reaction to Bill Belichick's Super Bowl ring flex

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn't one to show off his legendary Super Bowl success. He's always preaching about the next play, the next game or the next season. 

But he couldn't help himself before Super Bowl LIV in Miami. Belichick was honored during the "NFL 100 All-Time Team" celebration before the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium. The crowd, made up of Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs fans who don't really like the Patriots, started to boo Belichick when he was announced. The veteran coach responded by showing the FOX camera the three Super Bowl rings he was wearing.

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It was quite a flex, to say the least.

Patriots fans loved it, and much of the football world couldn't help but laugh.

It turns out former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a huge fan of Belichick's ring flex. NFL Network's Rich Eisen flew home from Miami on the same plane as Gronkowski, and he said the Hall of Fame tight end admitted to "laughing hysterically" at Belichick's viral moment.

Eisen, on his radio show Monday, went into further detail. Check it out in the video below (around the 2:15 mark):

Gronkowski also was honored as part of the "NFL 100" tribute, but his highlight from the weekend was the beach party he hosted. Belichick was among the guests at the party, which created quite a reaction on social media.

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