LeBron James is a big fan of Rob Gronkowski.
Now that he’s a star in his own right, the two are sharing the same bed and have the perfect chemistry.
The two played together in college at Oklahoma and Gronk even has a Gronkowski jersey hanging on his bedroom wall.
We caught up with Gronkowski and James during a recent NBA draft combine to talk about his rise to superstardom, their chemistry, and their love of the NFL.
What made you decide to get into the NFL?
I grew up in the Oklahoma city area.
I played football for my whole life, and when I was 15, I got my first scholarship to play in the NFL, which was the Cleveland Browns.
I didn’t really have any plans until after college, but when I came back from Cleveland, I had an agent, and I went to visit them, and they were like, ‘Hey, we need to do this interview, because we’re trying to get you into the league.
So I got a call from one of the guys from the Browns and I was like, This is my favorite team, so I’m going to do it.’
So that’s when I went.
I was playing in the playoffs.
And then the next year, they got to the playoffs and lost, and then I went in and played, and that’s what got me drafted.
The Patriots are in the NFC championship game.
They’re a perennial Super Bowl contender, and you’re playing against them in New England.
How is that different from what you’ve done in the past?
That’s what’s crazy about it.
I’ve been a fan of the Patriots for a long time, and if you’re a fan, you know what happens with this organization.
If you’re going to watch the Patriots, you can’t be upset.
If not, you’re not watching the Patriots.
But if you want to watch New England, you gotta watch the Pats.
So that was a great experience.
You played with Gronk for a few years in the NBA, but after the draft, you decided to switch to the NFL for good.
Did Gronk ever say, ‘You know what, I’m just going to stay in the league, because I’m good at it?’
Did he say that to you?
I just had that feeling that I was going to be drafted.
And it’s like, Yeah, I guess you’re right.
I’m not sure what to make of that.
I guess that was his way of saying, ‘I’m going be good at this thing, so if you think you’re good, you might be good.’
What is it about the Patriots that make them a great team?
The Patriots are really good.
I mean, they’re the ones that beat the Ravens last year.
I think they’re one of my favorite teams ever.
And I’m a big Pats fan.
And the fans are really, really good too.
Who are your best friends in the Super Bowl?
Gronk, of course.
I love him.
We’ve played games together, and it’s just been fun playing with him.
I miss him.
And when I’m with him, he’s one of those guys, he’ll tell you what’s going on in the locker room.
He’ll always tell you how it is.
He’s like an old friend.
He knows what you’re doing, he knows what it’s going to take to get to the next level, and he’ll always help you.
He was the biggest influence on me when I played, but he’s the one that really knows the game and is really going to make you better.