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Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:56 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:50 pm
Gronkowski was a maniac on the floor. Harrison did not approve. (Ryan Wilson,

By Ryan Wilson

There was plenty of blame to go around In the hours and days following the Patriots loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, it seemed like a collective knee-jerk reaction from media and fans (and family members) not accustomed to losing. Of course, this is what happens when the hometown team wins three Super Bowls in five seasons and Tom Brady begins his postseason career by going 10-0.

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Depending on your perspective, any number of people were at fault for the outcome: Brady, Wes Welker, Bill Belichick, the defense and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was limited by a high-ankle sprain.

But it wasn't Gronkowski's lack of production, or even that he didn't battle Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn for a Brady arm punt that became an interception that upset his critics. It was his after-game exploits that got some folks worked into a lather.

In case you missed it, Gronkowski, along with teammate Matt Light, were spotted dancing (topless, no less!) at an Super Bowl party hours after the game.

Scandalous, we know.

(If the sarcasm dripping off that last sentence isn't obvious enough, we'll just repeat what we said on the Pick-6 Podcast: what's Gronkowski supposed to do? Sit in his room and cry himself to sleep? Will that make him a better player for the Pats' next game in six months? No? So what's the problem then?)

This makes no difference to NBC analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, who is very upset with Gronk's decision to gyrate his hips after a loss.

“I guarantee you this, if Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Larry Izzo, Richard Seymour or myself had been at that party, [Gronkowski] probably would have got his head rung,” Harrison told ESPN 1000 in Chicago (via PFT). “There’s no reason for that to happen.”

Oh god. Nothing like an old-timer invoking old times. Yes, Rodney, we know. You had to walk 10 miles to practice, uphill each way, you didn't have shoes and it always snowed.

(Worth mentioning: back in September, the aforementioned Bruschi happily called out Chad Ochocinco for tweeting. We have yet to hear his mock outrage over Gronkowski blowing off steam early Monday morning.)

Harrison wasn't done. 

“When we lost the Super Bowl, any of my Super Bowl losses, I was so devastated the last thing I ever wanted to do was party, let alone dance or take off your shirt,” Harrison said. “It’s just immaturity. It’s not right. He made a mistake and I’m sure he feels absolutely stupid about it at this point. There’s a time and place for everything.”

Rodney's right: there is a time and place for everything. Time: after the season is over -- check. Place: party where music is played and dancing is encouraged -- check.

This is almost as ridiculous as Gronkowki having to apologize for having his picture taken with a porn star. Almost.

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Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:26 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Ryan Wilson doesn't get it.  Had Gronk done this 3 days later, nobody cares, but to become a happy go lucky party boy the night of losing the biggest game on the planet, and biggest game by far in his career shows that he didn't take losing hard at all, and would rather go glorify his abs and pecs than think about the pain and how it will result in increased focus next year.  

How do you disconnect that quickly after blowing it?  The best athletes from a mental perspective take these things very personal and use them to fuel their competitive fire.  It's healthy to disconnect, but the fact that it happened that quickly screams out "It's not that big of a deal, it's just the superbowl".  


Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:25 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Big Time players make big time plays...Gronk made his plays during the regular season. Unfortunately he might be best remembered for his 1 great season than anything big!! Dance on loser boy!!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:24 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The writer of this article is wrong and obviously doesn't have the competitive fire that some people (generally those referred to as champions) posses.
The fact is, sulking at your locker for an hour after the game doesn't make you a champion either.  Winning the game makes you a champion.  That's the only thing that makes you a champion in the NFL. Getting to - and winning - the Super Bowl.  That's it.  Doesn't matter how you party or don't party or whatever.  The bottom line is that the Pats (who I am NOT a fan of in case anyone is wondering) came damn close but lost it on the field.  I'd be concerned if guys were out all week BEFORE the game.  But the season was over and everyone deals with losing differently.  There are plenty of players who don't possess that "fire" who still win championships because they show up and do their job on a great team.  They're called professionals.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:14 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

the team was rightfully upset by the outcome and not celebrating "Gronkowski" style.
...and as we all know, the Rams went on to win multiple Super Bowls following that loss in 2001. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:13 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

The writer of this article is wrong and obviously doesn't have the competitive fire that some people (generally those referred to as champions) posses. It is obvious that even though I'm sure Gronk works hard, and is a fine team player he doesn't have the fire that Tom Brady does or that Billicheck does, or Manning (either) does.

When you put everything you have into something, every ounce of your being because you want it that badly into something and fall short you don't go and party afterwards. Yes you mourn you sulk you feel sick and after awhile you move on.

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:11 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

I was at the Hilton hotel in New Orleans for the "celebratory" dinner and party following the Rams loss to the Patriots in the 2001 Super Bowl. It would have been one of the best parties possible if the Rams had won.  I was bummed at first with the downer party mood but respected it later - the team was rightfully upset by the outcome and not celebrating "Gronkowski" style.  Unfortunately the team mood impacted the cheerleaders too - what a lost opportunity!

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:07 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Rodney Harrison:  Super Bowl Rings - Check.

Gronk - unchecked.

Gronk may want to seek the advice of a champion. 

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:04 pm

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

Gronk was acting like a guy that was just happy to have made it to the Super Bowl, and not a Vet that had been there 3 times in the past, winning a few too. That's because that's what he is...a rookie who was playing in the Super Bowl. Not bad for your first season. Don't see the issue with a little celebrating something that is worthy of celebration...even in defeat. While you might think it's immature, in some ways it's more mature than the guys crying over it.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:52 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

So glad that Rodney is an unbiased member of the media. Take a hike, Rodney. NBC can do so much better.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:47 am

Harrison: Gronkowski 'disrespected himself'

if harrison showed up at that GAY bar gronk was at dancing w all those dudes LOL  he prob would have just left.

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