Everybody loves Rob Gronkowski. That’s why you can hardly turn on your TV these days without him trying to sell you something. It’s also why do many fans want to see the 33-year-old come out of retirement for a second time.
It was those reasons and more why Gronk appeared on The Tonight Show Monday night.
Gronkowski began the interview with Jimmy Fallon by picking the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, for whatever that’s worth.
“The Chiefs, the last Super Bowl they won, I was retired,” he said. “And now they’re back in the Super Bowl again, and I’m retired again.
“But when I wasn’t retired we beat them every time in the AFC Championship Game, or the Super Bowl.
“So, I mean, that’s their formula. I’ve just got to retire.”
Fallon then said to Gronk, “I read somewhere that you said partying made you a better player.”
“Yeah. Yes. In ways,” Gronkowski responded. “So, I’ve always said that. You know, it was kind of, like, my past, the partying. You know, everyone’s like, ‘Rob, you’re partying too much’ or whatever. I just had a good time growing up.
“I’m from Buffalo. As you can see, the Bills Mafia, you watch the Bills Mafia they’re tailgating. They’re jumping off RVs into tables, breaking them. That’s how I grew up. Like, I’m from Buffalo.
“So, we love to have a good time. We love to do crazy things like that. And then I realized, like, I was telling everyone like,’It makes me better if I party. Like, I’m a better player out on the field.'”
“And then I realized it and then I went back and I was like, ‘How do I party?’ Well, I’m carrying my friends, you know, throughout the bar. I’m holding them up. I’m lifting them. I’m curling them. They’re on my back,” he explained. “I’m jumping up and down and I’m dancing the whole time, kind of like Austin Butler, I’m gyrating like that. And then I realized that that translated to the football field.”
Not sure about that, but he did also admit that he came pretty close to coming back this past season.
“I miss it sometimes, but not really,” he said. “Then I miss it for like an hour and then I would go work out and then I’d be like, ‘Nah, I don’t miss it. I don’t have the energy to even work out.'”
However, he did add that midway through the season he had a couple of phone calls from teams and he took them seriously.