NFL fans can probably make a lot of jokes about what Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski would do if he weren’t a future Hall of Fame football player. However, after an interview last week, we no longer have to speculate or guess as Gronk revealed what job he thinks he’ll be doing if he doesn’t catch Tom Brady’s touchdown passes.
Rob Gronkowski made $1 million in week 18 with a little help from Tom Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered their Week 18 game against the Carolina Panthers with their playoff seeding mostly locked. The team wanted to win, however, because a win — coupled with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams — would give the team the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
For Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, there was also something else at stake.
Gronkowski entered the game with 48 catches, 565 receiving yards and six touchdowns. According to a Tweeter from NFL insider Adam Schefter, Gronk’s contract included a $500,000 incentive for 55 catches and a $500,000 incentive for 650 receiving yards this season.
His season totals put him seven catches and 85 fewer yards to earn $1 million.
Sure, the former New England Patriots star has earned $70.6 million in his career so far, but who couldn’t use another million?
It wasn’t just Gronkowski who knew what to do during the game. Her longtime pal, Tom Brady, knew it too. The QB targeted the 6-foot-6 tight end 10 times, resulting in seven catches, 137 yards and a pretty million dollars in Gronkowski’s bank account.
The Buccaneers also won the game 41-17 and secured second place in their division.
Gronkowski admitted he thinks he’d be a landscaper if he wasn’t a footballer
Before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-15 destruction of the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round, Rob Gronkowski sat down with Erin Andrews on the FOX NFL Sunday pre-game show.
During the segment at the Bucs’ practice facility, Andrews brought up Gronk earning his “milly” in incentives in Week 18. The reporter then showed a clip from the game where a mic Gronkowski tells a Buccaneers staffer , “If I don’t knock [the incentives], I have to get a real job.
Andrews said on the tight end, “let’s talk about the kind of real work Robby G would want.”
Gronkowski went on to share the “real” job he thinks he would have if he weren’t a future Hall of Fame TE:
If you really want to know, I used to mow the lawn when I was growing up. And then I was just walking around here, and I saw all the people who take care of the ort lawn mowing it right now right after practice. And I’m like, ‘Man, that’s cool. I always wanted to do this. The finished product after mowing the lawn.
Rob Gronkowski on being a landscaper
Imagining All-Pro Rob Gronkowski admiring a lawn he just mowed is both hilarious and something you can totally see is real if his life took a different turn.
For now, though, Brady and the Buccaneers are surely happy that Gronk put down the lawn mower and picked up a football all those years ago in suburban Buffalo.
Could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Divisional Round game against the LA Rams be Gronk and Brady’s last round?
Whenever freshman year is the duo is eligible, Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio without much debate. The pair have the second-most touchdowns of any duo in history, and the two are widely considered the best players to play in their positions.
While the Brady/Gronk induction ceremony may be years away, it could also be closer than many think.
Conventional wisdom is that Gronkowski will play as long as Brady does, and when his passing thrower retires, so will the wide receiver. And, while Brady has given no indication that retirement is near, at 44, it’s fair to speculate.
NFL Network’s Peter Schrager recently said on the Bill Simmons Podcast that it’s “eerily quiet” on the front of Brady’s retirement, and it wouldn’t completely shock him if, after a divisional round loss to the LA Rams or after the next two rounds, Brady decides to hang up .
This means two things for football fans.
The first is that we should all savor every last Brady and Gronkowski game this weekend in case it happens. And two, Rob Gronkowski Landscaping may be coming to a city near you soon.
All statistics courtesy of Professional Football Reference
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