Rob Gronkowski gets to play in historic Super Bowl near home

Diane Gronkowski is going to the Super Bowl. Again.

But this time’s different.

The first five times her son Rob’s team was the favored to get there.

This time, not so much.

Rob, also known as “Gronk,” a tight end for the Bucs, will play a historic game on Sunday where for the first time, a team will play in the Super Bowl on their home turf.

“So now washed-up Brady, washed-up Gronk are in the Super Bowl,” said Diane.

After a year in retirement, the Gronk put the pads back on to play football in Tampa, with his old quarterback Tom Brady.

And together, they led the Buccaneers to new heights.

“You don’t get used to it,” Diane said. “It’s still the reward at the end of a long season.”

Gronk knows what this game means for die-hard Bucs fans.

That’s why he spent part of Monday surprising Tampa area health care workers with Super Bowl tickets.

Diane said that’s who her son is generous and likes to make people smile.

“His personality has always been like the sunshine,” Diane said. “He is always happy.”

Watching her son win Super Bowls never gets old. But, Diane said, Rob’s success was years in the making.

“Achievements from 17 to 18 years go into that one game,” Diane said. “Everything has built up for all those years that go into that one game.”

Super Bowl LV airs Feb. 7 on WINK-TV. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Reporter:Zach Oliveri
Writer:Melissa Montoya
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