Rob Gronkowski is hardly the first guy to spike a football, but with 60 touchdowns already in his five-year career, he’s had plenty of chances to perfect his uniquely energetic version of the celebration. By now, with the Patriots tight end turning into something of a folk hero, the Gronk Spike cannot be limited to mere footballs — it is expected to be applied to just about anything he’s holding, such as, recently, a bouquet of roses.
Heck, even Mother Gronk is getting in on the act (sort of). So when Gronkowski showed up with some teammates at Boston’s TD Garden Saturday to help drop a ceremonial puck before a Bruins-Islanders game, it was inevitable what would happen next.
Gronk Spike! That came after teammate Rob Ninkovich dropped the puck, along with other members of the Super Bowl champs, such as Chandler Jones and the suddenly ubiquitous Julian Edelman. The puck bounced way over the boards and several rows into the stands.
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“Yeah, that was pretty awesome,” Boston center Chris Kelly told the Associated Press. “You could tell the fans were into it.” The fired-up Bruins went on to beat the Islanders, 2-1. Here is video of the ceremony: