Nobody ever accused Rob Gronkowski of being overly sophisticated. He still chuckles when there is any mention of the number 69. Get it? Huh huh.
NFL fans love him because he’s basically a giant teenager. If Gronk acts like a kid now, what was he like when he was actually in high school?
Chuck Swierski, his basketball coach at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo, and the man with possibly the most Buffalo name ever, provided a glimpse into what “High School Gronk” was like in an interview with Mark Dondero of WPRI.com. Not shockingly, he was exactly the same as he is now.
Swierski recalled a specific story where Gronk intentionally missed the second of two free throws late in a game so he could preserve his team’s score at 69. Young Gronk could not have been more pleased with himself. Get it? 69.
So we’re playing a home game and we have 68 points – now it’s not a blowout, but it’s not a particularly close game either. So he [Gronk] gets fouled and goes to the free throw line. He hits the first one to get us to 69 and the place goes nuts because he’s playing into it.
On his next free throw, he purposely chucks the ball off the backboard and misses so the score would stay at 69 and then runs back on defense pointing at the scoreboard.”
10 years later, not a whole lot has changed with Gronkowski, other than transforming into a dominant physical monster and NFL All-Pro. Upstairs? Well, he’s pretty much the same as in high school.
This year, he was especially amped to score his 69th professional touchdown catch. Get it? Wink, wink. Some things never change.