Gronkowski played two years at Arizona then missed the 2009 season after back surgery. Being away from the game this year makes him appreciate it more.
“This just isn’t my first time I’ve been injured and missed some games,” he said. “You appreciate the game big time. ... You’re just dying and itching to get back out there.”
So, Gronk, when will that be?
“When it’s go time, it’s go time,” he said. “I’ve got to be ready mentally and physically when my number’s called.”