If anyone mastered work-life balance, it was Rob Gronkowski.
On the field, Gronk was one of the most dominant tight ends in NFL history, winning four Super Bowls, making five Pro Bowls and a four-time first-team All-Pro.
Off the pitch, he was, and still is, a true party animal.
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It’s no secret that Gronkowski made the most of his celebrity status and living in a big city, but sometimes, he may have lived too long.
One of Gronk’s former teammates said the future Hall of Famer used to «pass out» on the practice tables.
«We all had these key fobs that gave us 24/7 access to the Patriots facility in Foxborough, and during the offseason, Gronk would go out all night with his guys in Boston, stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning, whatever it was, and have his team drop him off at the Patriots facility,» former defensive end Jake Bequette said on «Prime Time with Alex Stein.»
«And he’d, like, stagger into the Patriots locker room, key fob in and pass out on the practice tables in the Patriots training room.»
All the partying never seemed to affect Gronk on the field, though, and the Patriots’ coaching staff probably deserves some credit for that.
«Then, about an hour or two later, when the trainers would come in to start their work day, they’d come in and see Gronk laying on the training table, fast asleep. They’d go in there, if they didn’t wake him up, they’d bring up one of the sleeves and, you know, they’d put an IV in his arm.
«After a couple of hours, he’d just wake up like Frankenstein revived and go out and kick some ass.»
Gronk actually attributed his late nights to his success on the gridiron.
«Well, I’m carrying my friends, you know, all over the bar. I’m holding them. I’m lifting them up. I’m curling them,» she told Jimmy Fallon in January. «They’re on my back, I’m jumping up and down. I’m dancing all the time. Kind of like Austin Butler. I’m spinning.»
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Gronk hung up the cleats for good in 2021 after briefly retiring in 2019.