Rob Gronkowski discusses Patriots, names ideal replacement if Bill Belichick leaves New England, and more

This weekend, members of our military will face off on the gridiron in one of the most special American football rivalries: the Army-Navy Game. The first meeting between these academies took place in 1890, and the 2023 edition of this rivalry is a bit special, since it will be held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

With the big game taking place in Foxborough this year, we got a hold of a Foxborough legend in former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. The former NFL star will be at the Army-Navy Game Saturday, and he’s excited about the event. He also took time to talk some NFL with CBS Sports. 

CBS Sports: What do you think the environment is going to be like in Foxborough Saturday? 

Gronkowski: I keep hearing so much about the Army-Navy Game. I’ve never been in my life. It’s “America’s Game.” This is a game where our militaries are going against each other, but that’s what football is all about. … I believe this game brings America closer. It brings our military closer. Yes, they’re battling out on the field, but in the end, when the game is over everyone comes together. It makes our military stronger, it makes America stronger, there’s no doubt about that. It brings everyone together, and that’s why the game of football is so awesome. Especially this game.

I heard it’s super energetic, and I love energetic atmospheres. 

I saw a quote from your former quarterback Tom Brady talking about how there’s a lot of mediocrity in the NFL these days. I want your opinion on that. You get to sit back and watch all the games now; how do you think the NFL has changed over the past few years?

Gronkowski: Tom Brady is the only guy in the world that can say there’s mediocrity in the NFL. Because Tom Brady played at such a high level, if it was on the practice field, or if it was on the game field, at all times. He played at a higher level than anyone in the history…


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