Gronkowski brings the party to Manhattan

By Joshua Kinder

Glenn Gronkowski has yet to take the field for Kansas State and yet we already know a lot about the young fullback, perhaps even more than we ought to know, and almost assuredly more than Wildcats football coach Bill Snyder probably cares to know.

The youngest of five brothers — three of whom play in the NFL — Gronkowski will make his Wildcat debut this Saturday during the annual spring game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

But what we know already is that football is in Gronkowski’s blood. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is following in the footsteps of his brothers, the most recognizable being Rob, the standout tight end for the New England Patriots and two other others — Dan of the Cleveland Browns and Chris of the Indianapolis Colts. Another brother, Gordie, played minor league baseball in the Angels organization.

The Gronkowski brothers also love to have a good time. Look no further than this past February when the Gronkowskis took Indianapolis by storm for the Super Bowl and Rob sparked some controversy when he was photographed shirtless and dancing at a LMFAO after party just hours removed from the Patriots’ loss to the Giants.

When asked about spending Super Bowl week with his family, Glenn smiled and said, “fun.”

“It always is when we’re together,” he said Tuesday. “It’s what we like to do. We like to have a good time. We don’t get to see each other a lot, so when we do…”

All of his brothers — minus Rob — will be in Manhattan this weekend for the spring game, which kicks off at 1:10 p.m.

And you know what happens when the Gronkowskis get together. When asked if Aggieville was big enough for the Gronkowski clan, Glenn said, “We’ll find out.”

Glenn made headlines this past fall as well when he tweeted a picture of himself, shirtless and flexing with a woman wearing a Gronkowski Patriots jersey with the tweet, “Happy Halloween!” It was Glenn’s attempt to mock his older brother Rob, who tweeted a similar picture posing with porn star BiBi Jones during the Patriots’ bye week.

Though Glenn hasn’t quite reached rock star status like his brother Rob, some who know the Gronkowskis well have suggested Glenn could be the best of the group on the football field someday.

“You never know,” Gronkowski said. “We’ll see. Hopefully these coaches can get me there.”

Gronkowski, a native of Amherst, N.Y., didn’t receive a lot of attention coming out of high school, despite the recognizable last name. He only had a couple offers, including K-State. But a big factor in choosing the Wildcats was his knowledge of offensive coordinator Dana Dimel, who coached his brothers Rob and Chris at Arizona.

“My only offers were the University of Buffalo and here,” he said. “I was looking at a lot of Ivy League schools, too. They all wanted me, but there’s no scholarship money there.”

For now, the former greyshirt will be backing up longtime starter Braden Wilson at fullback, biding his time for a chance to make a name for himself at K-State and perhaps add to the Gronkowski lore.

“I’m just trying to learn the plays right now and put on a little weight,” said Glenn, who once considered playing baseball instead of football. “I’ve got a little way to go.”

Gronkowski said he wants to be around 240 pounds eventually. But already Snyder sees potential in his young fullback.

“He is going to be a good player, in time,” Snyder said. “He’s still in the process of learning. He is a young guy that is a physical player. He plays hard and practices hard. He has some capabilities. We’re playing him basically as a fullback, but he could probably fit in a lot of places.”

Whether or not Gronkowski develops into a pro like his brothers remains to be seen. But one thing the baby brother knows is that his older brothers always have his back.

“It’s nice they are always there for me,” he said. “They’re my biggest fans. I always know they are going to be there to support me. It’s just nice. Anytime I need help I know they are going to be there.”

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