Bear Down…and GRONK!
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ROB GRONKOWSKI SUPER BOWL EDITION
All eyes have been on New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski this week as the world tunes in for Super Bowl XLVI.
But the tight end isn’t the first University of Arizona alum to suit up for a Super Bowl. All told, 26 former Wildcats have played in 43 Super Bowls for a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Glenn Parker, formerly of the New York Giants and the Patriots’ Tedy Bruschi each played in five Super Bowls during their careers.
Running back Mike Bell was the last ex-Cat to play in a Super Bowl, winning a ring with the World Champion New Orleans Saints in 2010. Ron Gardin of the Baltimore Colts was the first Arizona alum to appear in the big game, helping guide the Baltimore Colts to a win in 1971’s Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys.
Across the field today, however, rooting against his fellow alumnus is Giants’ Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn.
The former Arizona linebacker coached for 15 college seasons before joining the Giants six years ago. He’s spent time on the sidelines of Stanford (boo!), Davidson, James Madison, Boston University, Holy Cross and San Jose State.
Quinn, 43, played in three bowl games for the Wildcats and won a Super Bowl ring when the Giants beat the Patriots in 2008.
Gronkowski has said all the right things this week as the media probes the health of his ankle. His ankle, however, isn’t holding back on its thoughts. Follow the ankle and its live Tweets throughout the Super Bowl at @ANKLE_OF_GRONK or online HERE.
“I was reminded by @Dr_Chalk that Giants Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn is a UA alum too. Good luck Coach!”
- Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne
“My man @RobGronkowski bout to go in! #BEARDOWN”
- Former Arizona cornerback Trevin Wade
TWEETS FROM #GRONKD
“Sources say Planned Parenthood in NE is on high alert for Rob Gronkowski’s post SuperBowl celebration if Pats win #babies #Gronkd #lilrobs”
“Maybe I’ll fall down the hill while snowboarding so I can tell everyone I got #gronkd”
“Gronking isn’t a saying or an action….Its a lifestyle. #Pats #GoPats! #Gronkd”
“cant wait for the giants to get #gronkd”
- @ChrisWilson31, echoing what seems to be the most popular #Gronkd post of the day
“@RobGronkowski should not be compared with other Tight Ends, he should be compared to Super Heroes #gronkd”
“Me and aunt patty are getting #Gronkd tonight! #superbowlSwagg”
Rob isn’t the only Gronkowski stomping grid irons. Brother Chris and Dan represent the Gronk name, as well. Their exploits are captured on Facebook’s GRONK NATION.
According to the Urban Dictionary, there’s a fine line between “Gronk” and “Gronked,” the latter being much, much better than the former.
“I am festival”
Yes, you are Gronk. Yes you are…