When you think of the greatest quarterback-receiver connections in NFL history, Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski will forever be one of the greatest of all time.
Their chemistry was unmatched, whether it was with the New England Patriots or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and you knew something great was bound to happen when the two were on the field together.
With that being said, Gronk made an appearance on Travis and Jason Kelce’s New Heights podcast, where he discussed the early days of he and Brady’s relationship.
To kick things off, he hilariously remembered the first time he met Brady, and he introduced himself simply as “Tom.”
Of course, just about every sports fan on this planet knew who Tom Brady was at this point, and he was introducing himself to Gronk like he had no clue who he was.
Gronk then hilariously admitted that him and Brady didn’t get off to the best of starts at the beginning, saying:
“At first I thought he was out of control man, at first I was like ‘this dude crazy.’ I’d never seen anyone like him. Like a d*ckhead kinda, like a coach.
He wasn’t like my buddy, you know I’m going into the NFL and you’re expecting it to be like… ‘Any Given Sunday,’ that’s what I was expecting…
This isn’t anything like ‘Any Given Sunday,’ I’m like this guy is f*cking yelling at me, I mess up just a tad bit and this dude is yelling at me over there like he’s a coach and yelling at me more.”
However, Gronk ultimately realized that it was all out of love:
“And then it took me a little bit to realize where it was coming from, and what the love was for. And I think he was kinda more hard on me at first because I think he saw talent in me man, I think he saw the opportunity that I had and was presented in front of me, and every single day man after practice he would make me stay…
he was like we’re getting on the same page and he’d be throwing pass after pass and I took first team, I took second team.”
He then added that although Brady was hard on him and made him stay for extra reps after practice, it ultimately led to him being a better player, and things began to click for him midway through his rookie season.