Rob Gronkowski Joining Arizona Cardinals?
Is Rob Gronkowski joining the Arizona Cardinals? The retired tight end recently expressed his love for the state of Arizona in an interview.
Gronkowski, one of the best players to ever play at his position, enjoyed an immensely successful career with the New England Patriots. Prior to that, though, he had a reasonably successful stint in college at Arizona.
With the Wildcats, Gronkowski amassed 1,197 yards and 16 scores on 75 receptions over the course of two years. Sadly, he had to miss his junior year due to back surgery – something that ultimately caused him to slide in the NFL Draft.
During a recent interview with Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM, Gronkowski revealed that he desperately wanted to play for the Cardinals coming out of school – but that the organization had no interest in him.
“I loved being in the state of Arizona,” he said. “I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there.
“I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit … I took a visit there and everything, I could tell they had no interest in me.
“I could tell, the people that brought me in, they were just bringing me in to bring me in.”
Ultimately the Cardinals ended up drafting defensive tackle Dan Williams with the 26th selection in that year’s draft, and then Daryl Washington with the 47th pick.
New England ended up taking Devin McCourty with the 27th selection and then Gronkowski with the 42nd.
From there, things were history.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, rumors of Gronkowski returning from retirement seem to circulate every year.
If Tom Brady really does depart New England, and if Gronkowski really does opt to return, maybe the organization can right that wrong and finally get themselves a tight end worth talking about.