Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a pretty good night in New England’s 42-20 win over Indianapolis. Gronkowski had four receptions, for 71 yards, and a touchdown. That would likely have been satisfactory in and of itself. But Gronkowski got a little extra satisfaction from the way he worked over Colts safety Sergio Brown.
The Boston Globe observes that Gronkowski seemed to have “a personal, vested interest” in his skirmishes with Brown during the game. It was Brown who, two years ago, broke Gronkowski’s arm on an extra point try when the Patriots and Colts squared off during the 2012 season. That injury ended the season for Gronkowski. The Patriots’ tight end has dealt with other serious injuries since then. As reported in the Inquisitr, ACL surgery threatened the start of Gronkowski’s season this year, although he was ready and played in the Patriots’ first game.
Reporters asked Rob Gronkowski after last night’s game about how physical the game was, particularly his battles with Brown. He didn’t mention Brown by name in his reply, but he hinted that his history with Brown affected how he played.
“It’s part of the game. A lot of emotions. You have to be physically and mentally tough. Everyone on our team was playing hard and playing physical and we went out there and did a great job as a team.”
The play that has everyone talking is one where Gronkowski drove Brown off the field and into an NBC sideline camera. Comcast Sports Net New England reports that Gronkowski considered himself a bouncer of sorts.
He said, “He [Brown] was just yappin’ at me the whole time. So I took him and threw him out of the club.”