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On Sirius: Rookie year surprised Gronk

5/15/2011

On Saturday, second-year Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a guest on Sirius XM NFL Radio, joining co-hosts Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on “The End Zone” program.

A few quick hits:

Rookie season was unexpected. Gronkowski acknowledged that his rookie season, in which he totaled 10 touchdown receptions, was a surprise to him. “It’s definitely crazy thinking about it. From the first day I was drafted, I didn’t think anything like that was going to happen,” he said.

Approaching his Year 1 to Year 2 jump. Gronkowski was asked about how challenging it will be to build off his rookie season because of the lockout. “You have to be training at all times, wherever you are. I just got a great week in of workouts with a couple players up here,” he said.

What he learned from Alge Crumpler. Paying respect to veteran Alge Crumpler, Gronkowski called him his mentor during his rookie season. “He’s the man – he helped us out with everything from Day 1. I don’t think we would have had a year as rookie tight ends – that Aaron [Hernandez] and I had – without him,” he said, adding that he looked up to Crumpler as a kid.

Team workouts in Massachusetts. Gronkowski touched on how players are getting together for workouts. “It’s not like it would be if there was no lockout, but we’re definitely still doing things just so we’re still in football shape and we feel the game of football,” he said. “So right when we go back into it, we won’t be like ‘Whoa!’ We’re definitely doing things – throwing, running routes, drills that combine with your position.”