Since announcing his retirement earlier this month, Gronwkoski has not had much time to rest. He visited a military base in Texas to host a children’s camp, then traveled to Buffalo to join his four brothers in a Saturday morning exercise session in the city’s Fountain Plaza. As Buffalo News reported, the event was organized by NextGen Fitness Buffalo, a gym owned by the Gronkowski brothers, and raised funds for the local Friends of Carly charity.
The event had a lot of appeal for Gronkowski. Not only has he resonated with the family business, he’s also supported a good cause while reconnecting with some old friends. Gronkowski grew up in the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville, where he played ball in high school until leaving his senior season for Florida.
“This one is special because it hasn’t been around for two or three years,” said Gronkowski. “Everybody is pumped up for it. My high school friends, they’re all very active. “
“It was a great background, and at the same time, it was a great party and (I) got to see all my friends and family from Buffalo again,” he added.
Bridge Repair in Buffalo
Gronkowski’s visit could also be part of an effort to repair his image, which has been tarnished at home during his tenure with the Patriots. Not only did Gronkowski regularly pierce Buffalo’s defense during that time period, but he was also responsible for one of the most infamous hits in Bills history. In a 2017 game, he was given a one-match ban for hitting very late against Tre’Davious White after the Bills full-back tackled Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the win over the Patriots.
Gronkowski has begun rebuilding his reputation in Buffalo. Last season, before the Bills faced off against his Buccaneers, Gronkowski shared some memories of growing up in suburban Buffalo and idolizing Bills players.
“The bill means a lot to my family and me,” Gronkowski said, via WKBW. “We grew up in Buffalo, 25 minutes from the stadium. I was a big Bills fan growing up. “
“Whenever I’m in the backyard playing ball with my friends, my brothers and I, you’re in a long line and you’re pretending that you’re the recipient of their money,” Gronkowski added. “The stereotype is my favorite player. If you stop or have great success, you are acting like Takeo Spikes. Buffalo Bills history goes back to my family and me from playing in the backyard to watching the games. “
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