Gronkowski on Madden & more

BOSTON -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in the 10th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day, and he caught up with reporters at the event.

He was asked about getting knocked out of the running to be on the cover of the Madden video game, which he had been campaigning for aggressively with comical YouTube videos.

"There's a curse, you think I wanted that?" Gronkowski joked, before turning serious.

"Nah, it was a once in a lifetime chance to be on the cover of Madden. I knew it was going to be tough, especially being a tight end and everything."

Two other quick hits from Gronkowski:

His health after undergoing ankle surgery. "I'm just like day by day. I've been doing my upper-body workouts, my core workouts, for the last like six weeks, so that hasn't stopped. Whatever I can do, I'm going to be doing. ... If I can't do cardio right now, I'm just going to make up for it in a month or two, whenever I can start."

On his busy offseason. "I got my commitment book in my right pocket, I know what's going on, and I just like to go and hang out with everyone. Always working out, always grinding, and that's what I put first, my job always first, but I'm just chilling and when I'm bored at the house and someone calls me up, and it's a cool event, I'm there."