On Monday, a photo of Rob Gronkowski tooling around a Whole Foods in a grocery cart scooter became an Internet sensation. Not content with utilizing only a scooter as a wheeled means of conveyance, Gronk, out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, was pushed around in a wheelchair by New England Patriots teammate Steven Ridley as the two spread holiday cheer during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
Ridley posted a video of the duo — Gronk in an elf costume, Ridley as Santa Claus — to Instagram with the message, “Special thanks to @TheBostonPops @BostonChildrens and @DetourBar for letting @RobGronkowski and I pop in and spread a little holiday cheer!!”
The two clearly are having a good time fooling around as they brighten the spirits of patients. The video depicts Gronk calling an audible from his wheelchair before Ridley hands him a present and then wheels him down a hallway to greet a young patient.
For all the talk about how Gronk is simply an immature party-crazy miscreant, it’s important to be reminded that he does a lot of good in the community through charitable appearances and the like. It doesn’t hurt that he seems to be a real good guy with a gregarious spirit who genuinely enjoys making those less fortunate feel special, even for only a moment.