Even Without Gronkowski, Bucs Are A Team Full Of Personalities


The Bucs took successful on Tuesday when tight finish Rob Gronkowski introduced his retirement from soccer. However as a lot as that impacts the staff in a soccer sense, it’s additionally a tragic day for the Tampa Bay locker room.

As a result of as elite of a soccer participant as Gronkowski has been throughout his 11-year NFL profession, he’s been simply as elite relating to being a character. Anybody who is aware of something about him can let you know that.

Longtime teammate and finest pal, Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, stated in a Tuesday Instagram publish that having the longer term Corridor of Fame tight finish within the locker room was “each NFL participant’s dream.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

It’s not onerous to see why Brady stated that. Teammates, coaches, followers, media and anybody who has ever paid consideration to Gronkowski is aware of how a lot enjoyable he’s. He insisted in 2020 that regardless of his Corridor-of-Fame receiving numbers, he got here to Tampa to be a blocking tight finish.

Over the past couple of years, he and Brady made everybody chortle with their “Tommy and Gronky” collection put collectively by the Bucs. And usually something Gronkowski has completed exterior of soccer has been entertaining.

Earlier than returning to soccer and becoming a member of the Bucs in 2020, he was on Fox’s The Masked Singer. There was additionally the time he smashed a Steve Harvey Lego head in entrance of Steve Harvey. That was a bit of extra divisive. Some thought it was humorous, some didn’t. There was additionally loads of discuss whether or not it was actual or staged, however I digress.

The purpose is, Gronkowski actually does all of it, each on and off the sphere. The Bucs are going to overlook that. You don’t simply change a presence like that within the locker room, however Tampa Bay nonetheless has loads of personalities littered all through its roster.

That’s vital as a result of a 17-game season is a protracted season, spanning 4, onerous months. Soccer is a grind, however having a enjoyable locker room actually helps.

Bucs Don’t Lack Charisma, Even In Gronk’s Absence

The nice factor for Tampa Bay is that it has number of characters in its locker room. You don’t need to look far for one among them. Brady himself has been a brand new man since becoming a member of Tampa Bay. His social media presence is just like that of your common web troll, solely with increased manufacturing worth. From self-deprecating humor to jokes about Peyton Manning’s brow, Brady isn’t afraid to have amusing. As business-like as he’s relating to preparation and execution, he nonetheless brings a singular humorousness to the Bucs.

Outdoors of Brady, there’s Ryan Jensen, who’s actually a character. He wore Brady’s well-known NFL Mix photograph on a shirt when he arrived to the stadium for Tremendous Bowl LV. He’s additionally by no means been shy about discussing the measures he, as Brady’s middle, has to take to keep away from butt sweat. There’s additionally a little bit of Jensen’s brawling taking part in type that bleeds over into his character, making him a Buc who is straightforward to gravitate towards.

Leonard Fournette, together with his varied “Lenny” nicknames, is a personality in his personal proper. We additionally understand how energetic and loud Devin White is. You’ll be able to at all times depend on him for some fascinating “mic’d up” moments. No. 1 nook Carlton Davis isn’t afraid to speak some smack and present a bit of grit himself. He’s nonetheless liable for the most effective tweets of the previous couple of years, no less than on this author’s humble opinion.

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke

Bucs LG Luke Goedeke – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

There are many established personalities on the Bucs’ roster. Additionally they added one other one in second-round decide Luke Goedeke. Much like Jensen, he brings a nasty, thrilling-to-watch type to the sphere. And he’s already confirmed to be a improbable quote, calling himself a “glass eater” whose objective is to “bury guys and simply put concern of their eyes.”

He hasn’t performed an NFL down but, however you’ll be able to inform Goedeke’s going to be a enjoyable one.

Whereas none of those guys present fairly what Gronkowski did in a character sense, they nonetheless have numerous worth so as to add to the locker room. They actually have confirmed, in their very own distinctive methods, to make the Bucs an fascinating staff, Gronk or no Gronk.

And what’s additionally vital to notice is that there are numerous gamers who will proceed to do wonderful work locally like Gronkowski did. Jensen, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Will Gholston, Donovan Smith and a bunch of others do improbable work within the Tampa Bay space and past. The Bucs as a company have at all times excelled in that side.

There’s no denying that there’s now a giant Gronk-sized gap within the Bucs’ locker room. In reality, it might probably’t be stuffed. However nobody needs to be attempting to fill it.

Nobody may be Rob Gronkowski aside from Rob Gronkowski.

Moderately, this crop of Bucs has loads of character already. They’ll proceed to be themselves and preserve their championship ambiance and togetherness within the locker room. And all of the whereas, there will likely be no scarcity of leisure, each on and off the sphere, for the Buccaneer devoted to take pleasure in.



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