Gronkowski turns pro, hoping to ‘wow’ the scouts; hires Rosenhaus as agent (with video)by Anthony Gimino on Jan. 15, 2010, under Sports
Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski made it official Friday morning, announcing at a news conference he had decided to enter the NFL Draft.
Gronkowski missed all of last season because of a back injury that required surgery, but he recently began working out again and hopes to participate at near full health for the NFL scouting combine that is held Feb. 24 to March 2 in Indianapolis. Gronkowski and Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham, who missed last season because of a knee injury, are considered the two most talented tight ends in the draft.
Gronkowski could have applied for a medical redshirt at Arizona, so he leaves behind two years of eligibility.
He said Friday he has hired powerhouse sports agent Drew Rosenhaus.
“The hardest part about leaving is leaving the UA family here at Arizona. The atmosphere for football is unbelievable here,” said Gronkowski, flanked by his parents, Gordon and Diane, and his brother Chris, an NFL hopeful after completing his eligibility at Arizona as a fullback/H-back.
“I really wish I could have done more for the team this year,” Rob continued. “It was really frustrating sitting on the sideline with an injury. I missed playing football so bad, I didn’t know what to do. … I’m going to bounce back from injury. I’m good to go. I’m feeling great.”
Gronkowski said he has been cleared by Dr. Robert G. Watkins III, who performed his September surgery, and renowned Dr. James Andrews, who reviewed Gronkowski’s case.
Gronkowski couldn’t guarantee he would be able to do everything at the combine, but said he was confident that he would be able to work out for scouts at some point before the draft.
“I’m not sure if I am going to be ready for the combine,” he said. “If I’m not 100 percent and I don’t feel like I’m ready to go, then I might just do interviews down there. Or, if I’m ready, I might just run a 40. Or I might be ready for the whole thing.
“It’s basically whatever my doctors say I can do there. But I’m definitely going to be ready before the draft. I’m going to be 100 percent. … I’m going to wow the teams.”