Rob Gronkowski workout
Rob Gronkowski, right, swings a kettle bell 15 times as part of the Stadium Blitz, an obstacle course made up of 15 obstacles and hundreds of stadium steps, took over Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Competitors ages 7-years and older put their strength and endurance to the test. © Alicia Devine/Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee Democrat via Imagn Content Services, LLC

When Rob Gronkowski was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he shared an optimistic view about how close he was to being ready for NFL action. One month later he’s just about at his goal of being in playing shape ahead of training camp.

Rob Gronkowski ‘four more protein shakes away from being at my playing weight’

Speaking with Chris Hassel of CBS Sports, Gronk had a funny way of describing how close he is to being in playing shape. Gronkowski said, “I’m basically four more protein shakes away from being at my playing weight,” of 260 pounds.

During his interview with CBS Sports, Gronk said he’s at a trim 257 pounds right now. He said the lowest he ever got to was 240 pounds, “and it felt good.”

“So it felt good just to drop that weight, ease up my joints, let my body free. I felt like that weight was loaded weight, too. So it felt good to get rid of it.”

Now that he’s gearing up for another season in the NFL, Gronk said “it’s time to build back upon it, put lean muscle on my body and get ready for the NFL season like I never have before.”

“It’s a different way, a different type of training style I’m doing and everything. I’m about 257 pounds right now. Everyone thinks I’m like 240, 230, but I’m basically four more protein shakes away from being at my playing weight. I’m excited about that. I’ll definitely be at my weight when it’s time to go. I’ll be at 260 to 265 when it’s time to roll.”

If Gronkowski can stay healthy this season, he and Tom Brady give the Buccaneers an excellent chance of winning it all. We can’t wait to see them try.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.