New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski reveals in his new book "It's Good To Be Gronk" he hasn't "touched one dime" of his NFL salary. Instead, he lives off his marketing money.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is entering his fifth NFL season but he has yet to spend any of his earnings as a pro football player.
This was what Gronkowski reveals in his new book, "It's Good To Be Gronk." MMQB.com's Robert Klemko, who filled in for Peter King (who's on vacation) for his regular Monday Morning Quarterback column on June 22, wrote some excerpts of the book which he read during the annual MMQB staff retreat last week.
One of Gronkowski's revelations which got Klemko's attention was his frugality. The Patriots tight end says he lives off his earnings from his endorsements instead of his weekly NFL paychecks:
"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 it on any big-money expensive cars, expensive jewelry or tattoos and still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school.
"I don't hurt anyone (except Gord with the occasional kick to the groin). I don't do drugs, I don't drive drunk, I don't break the law...I'm a 23-year-old guy just looking to have a fun time."
Gronkowski also shared a funny experience with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during training camp two years ago when he was recovering from back surgery and an injured arm, per Klemko:
"While I was watching a training camp practice in between my own exercises, Coach Belichick was standing right next to me and said, 'Rob, you are one of the hardest workers I've seen, and you're always working hard when you're here, but when you're not here...I don't know about your craziness off the field, the messing.'
"I started laughing and told him, 'The fun stuff makes me grind harder, coach.' He shook his head as he walked off and said, 'Whatever works for you.'"
Another funny incident involving Gronkowski was when he danced with a 260-pound Mexican woman during a college bachelorette party, per MMQB.com:
"There were a lot of hot, sexy Mexican ladies there, but I picked out the largest, healthiest looking one, who had to be 260 pounds, like I was. After 10 seconds of me dancing on top of her in the chair, the collective 520 pounds of the two of us collapsed the fold-up chair.
"The crowd exploded with laughter. I got up and continued dancing (or twerking) to that Mariachi music. That was the best $30 I ever made!"
In another development, ESPN Boston's Monique Jones reported on June 11 Gronkowski dodged a question on Family Feud pertaining to the infamous "DeflateGate" scandal.
Game show host Steve Harvey asked Gronkowski to name something that "can be inflated or deflated," per ESPN Boston.
"Gronkowski smacks the buzzer and says, 'I don't even want this one,'" per Jones.
The celebrity edition of Family Feud aired last Sunday, June 21.
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