NEW YORK – New England Patriots superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski stood on the back of the bucking chutes inside Madison Square Garden when his jaw dropped open in pure shock on Saturday night.
“Wow,” the potential future Pro Football Hall of Famer said in disbelief.
Gronkowski had just watched his good friend Robert Goon get blasted in 1-second by Lieutenant Dan during an exhibition attempt at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden after PBR CEO Sean Gleason challenged Gronkowski to get on a bull at the PBR Major event Friday afternoon on Twitter.
Obviously, Gronkowski couldn’t get on a bull after undergoing back surgery last month to repair a herniated disc, but would the 27-year-old consider attempting a bull once his playing days are over?
“That is kind of down the road,” Gronkowski replied. “I never really thought about that. Maybe one day. If I am definitely not playing football, I could definitely see myself getting on one of these.”
Goon later interjected, “So we will give him another five years and then I will challenge his ass. So get ready for five years from now. If I had to do it. He has to.”
Gronkowski countered, “We should do it one on one. Many years to come down the road.”
When asked if he would seriously consider it after his football career, Gronkowski reiterated his interest.
“Possibly,” he said. “I have to try. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
Gronkowski challenged Goon to attempt a bull at Madison Square Garden after he convinced Gleason on Twitter to offer up $10,000 to Goon for a successful ride.
Gleason had previously offered Gronkowski $10,000 to get on a bull and $100,000 if he made it a successful 8 seconds.
“He just dared me to do it,” Goon said. “He said, ‘I want you to try this. I dare you.’ I said, ‘Let’s do it.’
“I have never been on a bull before. Didn’t even know what one looked like. I had seen only cartoons. I thought they were going to be bigger. I am seeing these bulls going nuts out here. It made me sweat a little bit.”
Former NFL wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson famously attempted to ride Deja Blu at the 2011 BFTS event in Duluth, Georgia.
He lasted 1.5 seconds.
Gronkowski, who had a big grin on his face when the New York faithful booed him for being a New England Patriot, had hoped Goon could best Ochocinco, but Goon came up just short.
“I definitely am going to have to train to do this again.” Goon said. “I underestimated it. That is exactly what I did.”
Now that he has been on a bull, does Goon think Gronkowski could have success as a bull rider?
“He is an animal,” Goon said. “He is a beast at everything he does, so I think he would do really good. It is like anything else. He trained to play football. So if he trains for it, I think he would do good.”
Regardless of if Gronkowski could ride a PBR bull or not, Gronkowski walked out of Madison Square Garden impressed with the best bull riders in the world.
“This is my first time seeing bulls in live action,” he said. “This is pretty cool. It is pretty impressive. This is pretty wild. Their balance has to be legit. They definitely have to train and this is entertaining to see.
“These bulls go bucking wild out there and they hold on.”
GRONKOWSKI WANTS TO SEE VINCE WILFORK TRY BULL RIDING
Gronkowski said if he were selecting NFL players to get on a bull, he would pick four of the heaviest guys in the NFL, and then the smallest, and “watch them hold on.”
Is there a certain teammate or football player in particular he would like to see try bull riding?
“Vince Wilfork,” Gronkowski said. “He would be a great guy to see out there. It don’t matter who would go out there. It would be interesting to see any NFL player do it.”
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