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Rob Gronkowski explains why he would be a natural fit with Bills Mafia

Rob Gronkowski always gets pumped up for the New England Patriots’ annual trip to Western New York to play the Buffalo Bills, which comes up this Sunday. The tight end spent much of his formative years in Williamsville, N.Y., a little more than 10 miles outside of Buffalo, before the Gronkowski clan moved to Pittsburgh prior to his senior year of high school.

Gronkowski even recalls competing in the Pass, Punt and Kick competition at Ralph Wilson Stadium when he was about 10 years old during a Bills-Patriots game.

“Got some roars from the crowd, so I know they liked me at one point in my career,” Gronkowski said, via the Boston Herald.

Interestingly but not surprisingly, it sounds like Gronk, had his family remained in the Buffalo area, would have been a natural as a member of the infamous Bills Mafia.

Why? Because he’s smashed himself through a table or two, one of the patented tailgating routines practiced by the Bills Mafia, the rowdy segment of the team’s fan base notorious for their pregame antics.

“Not at a tailgate, but I’ve been through tables before, for sure,” Gronkowski boasted about his table-smashing antics. “… Like at family get-togethers. I’ve definitely been, growing up, through tables.”


Gronkowski has experienced great success when heading back to his old stomping grounds. The tight end has hauled in 35 receptions for 583 yards and seven touchdowns in six career games. Gronkowsi says playing in Buffalo “gets your juices flowing” and calls it an “honor to go back and play.”

And Bills fans?

“They’re wild, man,” Gronkowski said. “I love it, though. I love that wildness. That’s what I grew up in. That’s why I said it’s a fun atmosphere to go play. They’re super loud, super proud of their team. It’s a good football atmosphere, and when it’s a good football atmosphere, you just love playing the game.”

Suffice to say, Gronk would fit right in with Bills Mafia.