The Bucs took a success on Tuesday when tight finish Rob Gronkowski introduced his retirement from soccer. However as a lot as that impacts the staff in a soccer sense, it’s additionally a tragic day for the Tampa Bay locker room.
As a result of as elite of a soccer participant as Gronkowski has been throughout his 11-year NFL profession, he’s been simply as elite in terms of being a character. Anybody who is aware of something about him can let you know that.
Longtime teammate and greatest buddy, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, mentioned in a Tuesday Instagram publish that having the long run Corridor of Fame tight finish within the locker room was “each NFL participant’s dream.”
It’s not exhausting to see why Brady mentioned that. Teammates, coaches, followers, media and anybody who has ever paid consideration to Gronkowski is aware of how a lot enjoyable he’s. He insisted in 2020 that regardless of his Corridor-of-Fame receiving numbers, he got here to Tampa to be a blocking tight finish.
Over the past couple of years, he and Brady made everybody chortle with their “Tommy and Gronky” collection put collectively by the Bucs. And customarily something Gronkowski has carried out outdoors of soccer has been entertaining.
Earlier than returning to soccer and becoming a member of the Bucs in 2020, he was on Fox’s The Masked Singer. There was additionally the time he smashed a Steve Harvey Lego head in entrance of Steve Harvey. That was a bit extra divisive. Some thought it was humorous, some didn’t. There was additionally loads of discuss whether or not it was actual or staged, however I digress.
The purpose is, Gronkowski really does all of it, each on and off the sphere. The Bucs are going to overlook that. You don’t simply substitute a presence like that within the locker room, however Tampa Bay nonetheless has loads of personalities littered all through its roster.
That’s vital as a result of a 17-game season is an extended season, spanning 4, exhausting months. Soccer is a grind, however having a enjoyable locker room definitely helps.
Bucs Don’t Lack Charisma, Even In Gronk’s Absence
The nice factor for Tampa Bay is that it has an excellent number of characters in its locker room. You don’t need to look far for one in every of them. Brady himself has been a brand new man since becoming a member of Tampa Bay. His social media presence is much like that of your common web troll, solely with greater manufacturing worth. From self-deprecating humor to jokes about Peyton Manning’s forehead, Brady isn’t afraid to have a laugh. As business-like as he’s in terms of preparation and execution, he nonetheless brings a novel humorousness to the Bucs.
Exterior of Brady, there’s Ryan Jensen, who’s definitely a character. He wore Brady’s well-known NFL Mix picture on a shirt when he arrived to the stadium for Tremendous Bowl LV. He’s additionally by no means been shy about discussing the measures he, as Brady’s heart, has to take to keep away from butt sweat. There’s additionally a little bit of Jensen’s brawling enjoying model that bleeds over into his character, making him a Buc who is straightforward to gravitate towards.
Leonard Fournette, along with his varied “Lenny” nicknames, is a personality in his personal proper. We additionally understand how energetic and loud Devin White is. You may at all times depend on him for some fascinating “mic’d up” moments. No. 1 nook Carlton Davis isn’t afraid to speak some smack and present a bit grit himself. He’s nonetheless accountable for one of the best tweets of the previous couple of years, not less than on this author’s humble opinion.
@Cantguardmike I bodied you 3 video games in a row lil dude in cowl 1 goofball ! And ima dawg yo lil ass once more subsequent 12 months so that you higher work on them routes !
— C-Murda ™ (@Carlton_Lowkey) January 25, 2021
There are many established personalities on the Bucs’ roster. Additionally they added one other one in second-round choose Luke Goedeke. Just like Jensen, he brings a nasty, thrilling-to-watch model to the sphere. And he’s already confirmed to be a improbable quote, calling himself a “glass eater” whose aim is to “bury guys and simply put worry of their eyes.”
He hasn’t performed an NFL down but, however you possibly can inform Goedeke’s going to be a enjoyable one.
Whereas none of those guys present fairly what Gronkowski did in a character sense, they nonetheless have numerous worth so as to add to the locker room. They definitely have confirmed, in their very own distinctive methods, to make the Bucs an attention-grabbing staff, Gronk or no Gronk.
And what’s additionally vital to notice is that there are numerous gamers who will proceed to do superb work in the neighborhood like Gronkowski did. Jensen, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Will Gholston, Donovan Smith and a bunch of others do improbable work within the Tampa Bay space and past. The Bucs as a corporation have at all times excelled in that facet.
There’s no denying that there’s now a giant Gronk-sized gap within the Bucs’ locker room. In reality, it will possibly’t be stuffed. However nobody must be making an attempt to fill it.
Nobody may be Rob Gronkowski apart from Rob Gronkowski.
Fairly, this crop of Bucs has loads of character already. They will proceed to be themselves and preserve their championship environment and togetherness within the locker room. And all of the whereas, there can be no scarcity of leisure, each on and off the sphere, for the Buccaneer devoted to get pleasure from.