Patriots Super Bowl LII news: Rob Gronkowski out to fulfill promise to fans

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will get a chance to be a part of the team’s quest for a sixth championship, a promise he made to fans a year ago.

A year ago at this time, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stood and watched his team make a thrilling comeback in Super Bowl LI.  While he didn’t get to be a part of the action on the field due to recovering back surgery, he promised fans during the victory parade that he will be a part of number six.

If you don’t remember, here is what he said last February:

"“What’s up, Boston?  Want to know something?  When we get six, your boy right here is going to be part of six, baby. This team worked so hard to be where they’re at.  I lose these guys so much.  I know I wasn’t part of playing in the game, but, please, I love being a part of this team, and this is just so amazing.”"

Fast forward to this season and Rob Gronkowski has had one of his most productive seasons.  Not only has he made the Pro Bowl and was selected to the All-Pro team, the dominant pass catcher has emerged as a true team leader.

Talent aside, that leadership is why him being cleared to play in Super Bowl LII is a huge factor for the Patriots.  After completing the NFL concussion protocol, Gronkowski is excited and “ready to roll” against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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"“I’ll be full go, ready to roll,” Gronkowski told reporters on Thursday."

Although he was confident he would play in the big game, he went on to express how good it feels to officially get clearance.

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"“It feels good,” Gronk continued.  “That was part of the plan the whole time.  That was part of the process.  The plan was to obviously be cleared.  I knew it was going to happen eventually, it was just when.  I’m just doing good.”"

It sure feels good to the team and Patriots fans.  Now Gronkowski has a chance to be a part of the team’s quest for a sixth Super Bowl.  It is a sure bet he will be a major part of the team’s success if victorious.

On Berry Church’s hit

 While speaking to the media for the first time during Super Bowl week, Rob Gronkowski was asked about the hit that landed him in the NFL concussion protocol.

"“It’s football,” Gronkowski said of hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church in the AFC title game.  “It is what it is.  It’s a split second to make a decision.  It’s running full speed one way, I’m going the other way.  It’s just part of the game.  It happens, and just got to move on.”"

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The All-Pro tight end is certainly looking forward to moving on to Super Bowl LII.  He is fired up to help his team win and Patriots fans everywhere are fired up that he will be on the field.