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Rob Gronkowski owns personal party bus driven by dude named Robert Goon


The term “Legend of Gronk” is thrown around an awful lot, usually when another story emerges detailing Rob Gronkowski’s most recent act of meathead-esque skullduggery that paints him as the stereotypical, party-hearty jock who never grew out of his frat boy days. In fact, another term, “The Summer of Gronk,” emerged a few years back as word got out regarding his penchant for partying during the offseason.

While that may be true to a certain extent — one need only peruse the Internet for a short time to come across a litany of “Gronkian” stories of low-grade, beer bong-fueled debauchery — there is much more to the New England Patriots superstar than meets the eye, especially as the 25-year-old tight end is often seen through the distorted lens of TMZ-style coverage.

A profile of Gronkowski in the Jan. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated attempts to paint the man known as “Gronk” in a subtly different light. Sure, Gronkowski may still possess some of his renowned frat boy qualities he arguably should have outgrown years ago. But a renewed dedication to the game of football after a few lost seasons decimated by injuries indicates that the tight end may have finally started to grow up … but maybe only just a little bit.

More or less, Gronkowski is simply a guy who is letting his freak flag fly — just livin’, man — while enjoying the fruits of his hard labor. That may be a better way of explaining the Gronkowski-Gronk division of the football player’s personality.

Indicating that the “Gronk” inside still holds sway despite Gronkowski’s new-found maturity, the S.I. piece begins with the introduction of a man named Robert Goon, a gofer of sorts for Gronk who couldn’t be more perfectly named.

One of Goon’s responsibilities in servitude of the NFL star, among many, is his job driving Gronkowski’s personal party bus, because of course Gronk has his own personal party bus. And to no surprise, it has a great nickname: “Sinners Bus.”

Goon’s duties include driving and caring for the white party bus that’s parked in the driveway. Gronk bought it from a church on Long Island last summer, thoroughly renovated it and nicknamed it the Sinners Bus. It seats eight comfortably and includes hardwood floors, blinking lights and the kind of sound system one would expect from a nightclub on wheels. Goon flew to Long Island to pick it up and drive it back to Foxboro. It now doubles as an airport shuttle and a tailgate vessel for members of the Gronkowski family flying in for game weekends. “Just a normal party bus, nothing too crazy,” Dan Gronkowski, Rob’s older brother, says nonchalantly.

“You can still be having fun,” Gronk says of the party bus. “But maybe it’s in more of a setting where people don’t know what’s going on.”

“Discretion is the better part of valor,” as the old saying goes, although the concept of valor doesn’t really go with the concept of a personal party bus. Perhaps “Discretion is the better part of Gronk-or.” Or something like that.

[H/T SB Nation]