Rob Gronkowski is a guy that’s never really held back with the media and one of the perks of him retiring from the NFL is that we can get an even more in-depth look at the three-time Super Bowl champ.
Gronk appeared on Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM in Arizona earlier this week and revealed that he didn’t want to be drafted by the Patriots, at least they weren’t his first team of preference. Now, of course, he’s happy with how things turned out, but he revealed that he would have loved to have been drafted by the Cardinals.
This would have made quite a bit of sense seeing as how Gronkowski played at Arizona in college so staying in the state would’ve been a rather smooth transition. The Cardinals had the No. 26 pick in the 2010 Draft and selected defensive lineman Dan Williams out of Tennessee. Gronk’s name wasn’t called until the second round with the 42nd pick.
“I loved being in the state of Arizona … I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there,” Gronkowski said. “I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit.”
“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.”
It’s safe to say that Gronk is pretty pleased with how things worked out. He went on to win three Super Bowls catching passes from the greatest quarterback of all time while the Cardinals have won just one playoff game since 2010.