Coming out of the University of Arizona in 2010, Rob Gronkowski was hardly a household name in sports circles. All that has changed dramatically since joining the New England Patriots. Not only has he collected a Super Bowl ring, become a favorite target of quarterback Tom Brady, and quickly developed into one of the most surehanded and bruising tight ends in the National Football League, but he also has emerged as one of the league’s most fun-loving personalities. So much so that now he’s widely just known as “Gronk,” a guy who combines a “let’s party” off-field life with a miner’s work ethic on it. This autobiography, published by Jeter Publishing, ex-Yankee Derek Jeter’s new venture, aims to give readers a front-row seat to what it’s like to be the Gronk.
Here’s an excerpt from It’s Good to Be Gronk:
‘What the critics don’t understand about me is that it is my inner drive to have fun that makes me able to get up early every morning and do hard work all day long. No one outworks me, and if at the same time it can be said that no one outparties me, then that is just how it’s going to be. Look, to this day I still haven’t touched one dime of my signing bonus or NFL contract money. I live off my marketing money and haven’t blown any big bucks on expensive cars, expensive jewelry, or tattoos. Heck, I still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school. I spend money on traveling with family and friends, and on partying, and even then I make sure the tab never gets out of hand.”