Rob Gronkowski (Getty/file photo)
Rob Gronkowski isn't one to let anything get in the way of a good time, as evidenced just hours after the Patriots lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. But, not all felt the same way.
- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski claimed "I was 100 percent out
there doing everything they asked me to do," but he was targeted for
only three of quarterback Tom Brady's 41 pass attempts, catching two
for 26 yards.
Gronkowski returned to limited practice on
Thursday, his first on-field work since suffering a high left ankle
sprain in the AFC Championship Game.
Said Brady, "He played
his butt off. He fought. He came out to our practice on Thursday and
it's hard to believe he could play the game with the way he was
feeling. He really toughed it out. He's a tough guy. He had a great
season for us. You get bumps and bruises in this game and you have to
fight through them and he did a great job fighting and being dependable
for us all day."
Gronkowski did appear to be more of a decoy
than a focus of the passing game. Fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez was
targeted a game-high 14 times and came up with eight games for a
team-best 67 yards and a touchdown.
Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn said he thought the ankle injury might have played a role in
Gronkowski being unable to get back to break up Blackburn's
interception of an underthrown ball in the second half.
No Pain At Postgame Party
After the game, Gronkowksi was seen enjoying himself along with his
teammates at a post Super Bowl party. He appeared to be
feeling no pain as he and teammate Matt Light eventually ended
up dancing shirtless, revelling with fellow teammates and band
The party, featuring LMFAO and Maroon 5, was an
invite-only event held at Victory Field (site of the Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team). If Gronkowski was
limited by his ankle, this video and the one below, show
he was feeling
little pain after the team's devastating loss to New York just hours
and co at Patriots after party
Feeling The Pain
While some of the Patriots opted to party away the pain from losing
Super Bowl 46, others including Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Brandon Spikes passed on the festivities.
Brady, stunned by the events that transpired prior to the conclusion of
another Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Giants, left the stadium with
wife Gisele Bundchen shortly after giving a postgame presser where he
still looked dazed. Brady's wife on the other hand, had a few
choice words for his teammates as she let the impact from a Giants
heckler frustrate her into saying something she's bound to regret.
Welker's emotions bubbled through his normally calm demeanor during a
post game interview where hs shouldered blame for the loss on
pass in the fourth quarter (link). "It's a catch I
made a thousand times between practice and everything else," he told
reporters after. "It's the biggest catch of my life and I don't come up
with it. It's discouraging."
Spikes, taking to twitter, posted a disturbingly dark message on Twitter
"Suicidal Thoughts ......." Nearly 24 hours later,
it remains Spikes' last tweet. Perhaps he intended it that
way. This was his post before:
"Retweet my last tweet ! Why? Because
that's real ??! That's from the very bottom of my ?! I put that on
everything! So go head. Handle that"
Spikes and his teammates had one heck of a run, aided by a miraculous missed field goal which propelled them into the Super Bowl. Lucky or not, some Patriots take a little less time than others to try to put it all behind them.
Material from Howard Balzer and the Sports Xchange was used in this report.