A Very Gronkowski Christmas?

November, 16, 2011
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Jerry Lai/US PresswireA chance to frolic in the snow with Rob Gronkowski?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that special Patriots fan in your life? Allow Rob Gronkowski to pitch his holiday idea:

"Just buy a couple raffle tickets and, yup, Christmas with me, baby!" he said with pitchman gusto on Wednesday inside the Patriots' locker room.

In conjunction with charity auctions conducted by NetRaffle.org, Gronkowski is raffling off a chance to attend New England's Christmas Eve battle against the Miami Dolphins, then meet him for photos after the game. There's an autographed jersey and football involved, along with money for parking and food expenses.

Coming off another monster performance against the Jets on Sunday, Gronkowski was a popular topic Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. Even Patriots quarterback Tom Brady marveled at what the second-year player has done in his short time in the league.

"I think for any rookie to come in and play a significant role on a team is impressive," said Brady. "When I was a rookie, I didn't do anything. I was sitting up in the stands eating nachos before games."

Brady later noted the on-field maturity displayed by both Gronkowski and fellow second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez. When a reporter playfully asked for clarification if he was referencing Gronkowski and Hernandez in regards to maturity, Brady played along.

"I mean, on the field, they certainly are very mature... they don’t play like rookies," said Brady. "That’s all I really care about anyways, how they perform on the field. I could care less what they do [away from it]."

Informed at that point about Gronkowski's charity raffle, Brady asked how he could get in on it. Told to stop by Gronkowski's locker, Brady sneaked in one more playful jab.

"I don’t need any more time around him," he said.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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