Gronkowski on post-Super dancing

February, 24, 2012
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was part of Mike Missanelli's celebrity call-in contest on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Friday, and he was asked about a number of topics, including his dancing at a post-Super Bowl party that drew criticism from the likes of Rodney Harrison.

"Hard work and dedication, I always put my job first before anything, no matter what it is. I'm always just dedicating myself. Unfortunately, it just happened like that. I mean, it is what it is," Gronkowski said.

"I have a lot of fun with my family. It was the first time I got to see them in a while. We were just having fun with my brothers and stuff, friends I hadn't seen in a while. The chance to hang out with LMFAO, that was pretty cool, too. Unfortunately we didn't win and that was the number one goal. That's all we did, was work, for the two weeks from the Baltimore game to the Giants game, just to keep on grinding. I was in the training room 24/7 getting healthy. Same with everybody else. Unfortunately we just came up short."

Gronkowski said he can understand why his dancing might look bad to some, before adding, "I'm 100 percent in, every single game, every single practice, every single thing just to get out there on the field. It was definitely a tough loss. I was hurting from it. Everyone was hurting from it. You don't work that hard all year to get to the final game and lose. It just hurts, definitely. It just went on. I'm an [easygoing kind of] guy. I try to get over things as soon as possible."

Asked if he was over the Super Bowl loss, Gronkowski said, "You're never over it emotionally. Every time people bring it up to you, every time you see something in the paper or on TV about it ... deep down, it's making me want to grind even harder this year, and this offseason."

Gronkowski said he's currently in a cast and on crutches, as he had underwent surgery on his ankle.

Listen to the audio by CLICKING HERE. Hat tip to Pro Football Talk for pointing out the interview.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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