FOXBORO — Maybe there is a reason why Rob Gronkowski always dominates the Bills, his hometown team.
Including Sunday’s five-catch, 67-yard and a touchdown performance, Gronkowski has 66 catches, 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games against the Bills in his career.
So, is there a reason for the success? Speaking after the game Gronkowski alluded to remembering how the Bills passed on him twice in the 2010 draft before the Patriots took him in the second round.
“Sorry to them for that. But, I mean, I don’t know. It’s cool when you’re hometown team passes on you twice in that draft, and you kind of remember it still,” he said. “So, no lie. I remember it every single time I play them.”
This was the Patriots’ eighth straight 12-win season and the tight end joked he’s the reason for it considering this is his eighth season with the team.
“It’s unbelievable,” Gronkowski said. “If you think about it, I got here eight years ago, so maybe that’s the reason. But, no, just being a part of it, being around it, it’s just the consistency of always coming in, always working hard, and it’s a lot of players always come in, too. You can see other guys go train in the offseason and people are just [lackadaisical]. There’s players not training that hard. They’re just there to be there. The players come in every single week, they work hard, they want to get better, we want to win, so it’s just great – the consistency, just everyone working hard every single week and not letting down.”
The Patriots are now 12-3 and can wrap up the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a win next week against the Jets.