Gronk hosts clinic; stays quiet on health

Gronk hosts clinic; stays quiet on health
June 1, 2013, 1:15 pm
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PEABODY – Hosting a youth football clinic at Bishop Fenwick High School on Saturday morning, ailing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tried to steer clear of questions about his health.
 
Gronkowski, with his surgically-repaired left arm in a cast and sling, was more of a presence than a participant at the well-attended event.
 
Asked about his mobility in being able to instruct, Gronkowski said, “Doing a camp like this, it's just fun going out here, we're just hanging out. Obviously, if I was mobile I'd be out there running around with the kids. It's a blast always doing things with kids, and unfortunately I can't run out there, so maybe in the near future one time I'll be out there with the kids running around. Right now I can give them advice, everyone is coming up to me asking questions, we're just doing pictures and we're having a blast that way."
 
Gronkowski has a looming back surgery to repair a disk problem. His agent Drew Rosenhaus has described the procedure as “minor.”
 
A PR staffer informed the invited media just before Gronkowski spoke that questions about his health were off-limits and that the interview would end if his health was broached.
 
Gronkowski’s health, of course, is the foremost issue when it comes to discussing the tight end. The fact he plays football for a living is the reason scores of participants turned out for the event. And when he think he’ll be able to do that again is the primary question that needs answering.  
 
As for what he tells the campers when they ask how long before he’ll be on the field, Gronkowski said, "I just tell them every time, 'we'll see.' Obviously I tell the kids, 'you'll see me out there again one day.' That's all, no guarantee answer to them, I just mess around and I'm just here to have a good time with them."