‘I’m Going To Give It A Big Kiss’: Rob Gronkowski And His Complicated History With the Lombardi Trophy
What do you get when you place a Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy in Rob Gronkowski‘s hands?
Valentine’s Day has come and gone and let’s just say Rob Gronkowski has a complicated relationship with the trophy.
In 2019, NFL.com reported that Gronkowski actually used the trophy to bunt. You heard that right, he bunted a baseball with the trophy the Patriots won that year at Fenway Park at the Red Sox’ Opening Day.
This year, he reportedly hasn’t even touched it yet.
“That was dangerous how I dented that trophy, but I always blame that on Julian [Edelman],” Gronkowski said to ESPN as transcribed by NBC Sports’ Charean Williams. “He threw me the pitch. I haven’t even touched the Lombardi Trophy. I’m not sure if it’s for a reason, if the Buccaneers organization is trying to keep it away from it, but it would be pretty cool just to even see it. I just saw it from about 30 yards away yesterday, but I have not touched it yet. Hopefully, I get to soon.”
When Gronk does get his hands on the Lombardi Trophy, he plans to go a different route this time around with his celebration.
“I’m going to give it a big kiss,” Gronk said per ESPN via NBC Sports
“I’m going to give it a big kiss,” Gronkowski said to ESPN as transcribed by NBC Sports’ Charean Williams. “I’ve got to pay my respects to it. Give it a big hug. Give it a kiss. Hold it up in the air. Then, I just go with the flow. I just never know what’s going to happen. I really don’t try to plan anything. I just go with the flow and whatever happens happens. I just like being in that moment and thinking of things on the spot.”
Chalk that 2019 moment up to a learning lesson to never use a trophy to bunt a baseball. Gronk, I’m sure like all of us, have had our fair share of lessons learned throughout our lives.
Listen to some advice Gronk had for the kids before the Super Bowl:
Brady has joined Gronk in finding different ways to celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy, as you may have heard by now the quarterback tossed the trophy from one boat to another in their celebration (as shared by the Bucs and Brady himself).
But not everyone was happy about this tossing of the trophy. According to Fox 4 Southwest Florida’s Leslie DelasBour, “the daughter of Greg Grohs, the master silversmith at Tiffany and Company from 1967 to 1994, who crafted the very first Vince Lombardi Trophy” was upset about it.
“It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football,” Lorraine Grohs, the daughter of Greg Grohs, said per Fox 4.
It also looks like Mike Evans and Blaine Gabbert joined in on the trophy tossing.
What do you think about these Lombardi Trophy celebrations?
Let us know in the comments. And also add how you would celebrate with the trophy if you won the Super Bowl.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
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