Gronk Scores TD On Patriots’ First Drive, Honors Friend Who Passed Away
Tanya Ray Fox 02:07 pm, December 20th, 2015
Despite missing a massive percentage of the high-powered offense that they began the season with, the Patriots came out looking strong on the first drive of their game at home against the Titans. That was unsurprisingly due in no small part to their superstar tightend Rob Gronkowski, who is playing in his first game since losing his close friend and trainer Dana Parenteau.
Gronkowski missed Friday practice as he mourned the loss of Parenteau, who passed away at just 42 years old. Just a few hours before the start of the game, he put out a Facebook post declaring that he would be dedicating the day's game to Dana.
Fittingly, Gronk finished the Patriots' opening possession with 2 catches for 18 yards and a touchdown. Just after the catch in the endzone, he points both hands to the sky before delivering his signature ball spike; something that many reporters at the game recognized as part of the dedication to his friend.
It was a fleeting yet touching moment from a guy who rarely shows his emotional side. Sometimes the best therapy for dealing with loss is getting back to doing what you love, and there is no doubt in anyone's mind how much Rob Gronkowski loves football.
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