Rob Gronkowski reacts to seeing Bucs jersey for first time
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shared video Thursday morning of Rob Gronkowski seeing his new jersey for the first time, and it’s clear the superstar tight end was left blown away by the moment.
Gronkowski, who spent one year in retirement, joined the Bucs when the New England Patriots, who still retained his rights, traded him in April in a deal that included some draft picks.
After spending nine seasons with the Pats, the realization that his name was on the back of another team’s jersey understandably had quite an impact on Gronkowski, who uttered “wow” on multiple occasions.
Gronk sees his jerseys for the first time in the latest episode of In the Current— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 18, 2020
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The Buccaneers later tweeted out images of Gronkowski sporting his new No. 87 jersey.
We present to you… @RobGronkowski— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 18, 2020
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Gronkowski’s decision to come out of retirement to join the Buccaneers was inspired in large part by the appeal of joining longtime teammate Tom Brady, whose own jersey reveal occurred earlier this week.
Brady is believed to have campaigned strongly to convince the Bucs to bring in Gronkowski, who is said to have already made a Gronk-ian impact upon his new teammates at the tight end position.
It remains to be seen how much Gronkowski has left in the tank at the age of 31, not to mention how long it will take for him to knock off a year’s worth of rust due to his one-season layoff.
That being said, Gronkowski is considered a strong favorite to earn NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, so the belief is out there that the four-time First Team All-Pro tight end will return to dominating defenses in 2020 and perhaps beyond.