Rob Gronkowski has left his mark on the Patriots’ most recent Lombardi Trophy. Literally.
Gronkowski damaged the team’s most recent Super Bowl prize when some New England players threw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game April 9. The 29-year-old used the trophy as a bat and dented it while attempting to bunt a warmup toss thrown by Julian Edelman.
Several of Gronkowski’s teammates, including safety Duron Harmon, discussed the event in an interview with Patriots.com.
“You can’t hide a baseball dent in there,” Harmon said. "Everybody literally went to the trophy and saw it. I think Rob thought it was more funny than anything.
“The funniest thing about it all was it actually was a really good bunt. Like it was perfect technique. I don’t even understand how he controlled the Lombardi. If the Red Sox had bunting practice, that would be teaching tape for them. He does everything perfect.”
Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona added Gronkowski is “going to go all out no matter what he’s doing.”
“What you see is what you get with him,” Cardona said. “He always has the biggest smile in the room, so to see him have a little fun right there in the outfield of Fenway Park, maybe at the expense of priceless sports history, he’s earned every right to do it.”
Meanwhile, Gronkowski announced his retirement on Instagram in late March. He spent all nine of his NFL seasons in New England.
“It’s time to move forward and move forward with a big smile on my face knowing that the New England Patriots organization, Pats nation and all my fans will truly be a big part of my heart for the rest of my life,” Gronkowski wrote. “It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great, established organization.”
Gronkowski finished his career with 521 regular-season catches for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He's the Patriots' career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in playoff history.