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It's good to be Gronk

Beneath All-Pro's Bunyan exterior is hard-working mama's boy having time of his life

Updated: January 12, 2012, 2:21 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It was a simple pitch from the quarterback. The Clarence (N.Y.) High School running back hadn't even received the ball yet, but Williamsville North defensive end Rob Gronkowski couldn't contain himself.

He burst out laughing from clear across the field.

"I cracked up," Gronkowski said, "because I knew I could level him."

"Rob's eyes were the size of Coke bottles," recalled Williamsville North coach Mike Mammoliti. ...

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