Rob Gronkowski on Year 2 with Bucs, plus comparing his Super Bowl runs and what makes this team special

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off of a thrilling, 38-31 triumph over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It took a 24-7 run in the 2nd half together with 4 goals from Leonard Fournette for Tampa to end Indy’s three-game win streak, however the Bucs could not have actually discovered the win column without star tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronk led the Bucs with 7 catches for a season-high 123 lawns Sunday. The future Pro Football Hall of Famer has actually missed out on 5 video games this season due to a couple various injuries, however he was amped up after among Tampa’s most significant wins of the season. 

“We just came out firing in the second half,” Gronkowski informed CBS Sports of Sunday’s win. “The first half, a little ‘duddish.’ A little slow, the energy wasn’t really there. Just came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. Offensive side of the ball, defensive side of the ball and we just did what we had to do in the second half in order to pull out a win on the road in that atmosphere. It was a great win, it was a playoff win — a playoff atmosphere. That was big, to bring it together in the second half and get that W.”

Gronk remains in his 2nd season with the Buccaneers, and the 2021 project has actually been much kinder to him in regards to on-field success than the 2020 project was. He’s balancing 63 lawns getting per video game compared to 38.9 from in 2015, and he has 4 goals in simply 6 video games played. Gronkowski stated he feels more adapted in Bruce Arians’ plan — and it’s revealing.   

“The biggest difference is just feeling comfortable,” stated Gronkowski. “Just knowing the playbook, knowing how everything works, knowing all my teammates. You just got a lot better feel than just stepping right in last year and getting to meet everyone, learning the playbook during training camp. So it just feels so much more comfortable this year with overall everything.”

Even though he and Tom Brady underwent their first-ever modification of surroundings last season, it didn’t impact the success they had actually ended up being familiar with. Tampa won 7 straight video games to get to Super Bowl LV, and won the Super Bowl in their house arena. Gronk captured 2 goals in what was his 4th Super Bowl win.

It states something that Gronk and Brady might evacuate, leave the New England Patriots (or come out of retirement) and win a Super Bowl in their very first season with their brand-new group. Gronk stated his Super Bowl run in Tampa was really various from the others he had in New England. Naturally, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted things in a huge method, however it was likewise various with how the playoffs cleaned. 

“Two totally different experiences, two totally different teams,” Gronkowski stated, comparing his Super Bowl success in Tampa vs. New England. “Just the way that last year went down with COVID and everything, that was totally different. All my Super Bowls with New England, let me tell you, we went through the whole nine yards of going through those Super Bowl experiences with media day, all the fans all over the place, every event you go to was just epic, wild. And then this year with COVID, it was a home game. We won all three (playoff) games on the road, I’ve never done that; usually all my playoff games are at home, so we won them all on the road and then had the Super Bowl at home — which was just epic. To win three playoff games on the road and then have the Super Bowl at home? Epic.”

Speaking of legendary, Gronkowski informed CBS Sports he will be sporting some legendary cleats when the Buccaneers handle the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. Gronk has actually coordinated with USAA, the Official NFL Salute to Service Partner, to honor the USO and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation on his cleats for this year’s NFL My Cause My Cleats project. 

Additionally, Gronk just recently shocked Master Sergeant Jasen and his household at Raymond James Stadium when they were informed they were taking an unique trip. The Pro Bowl tight end chose to put their household on his cleats to honor Master Sergeant Jasen and his liked ones for the sacrifices they have actually made. The cleats were developed by Marcus Rivero, who is much better referred to as Soles by Sir.

Mike Pernal, USAA

“Just to put a smile on a military member’s face is always a great thing to do,” stated Gronkowski. “All the sacrifice the military members do for ourselves in order for us to be free here in this country, and then also all the sacrifice from their families — it’s just second to none.”

The Buccaneers will seek to sweep the season series versus the Falcons this Sunday while Gronk is using his unique cleats. A win would be Tampa’s 3rd straight and put pressure on the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers — who are the 2 groups ahead of the Bucs in the NFC playoff photo. Tampa presently has the very best Super Bowl chances, according to Caesars Sportsbook, and the Bucs definitely appear like a prime prospect to repeat. Gronkowski stated what makes his group unique is that they have ballers who understand how to play together. 

“We just want to play complimentary football,” stated Gronkowski. “When we play together as a team, I think it makes our team special. Of course we got a lot of ballers, no doubt about that on the defensive side of the ball, on the offensive side of the ball, but when we play together as a team and when we play for each other, that’s definitely what makes our team special.” 

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