Rob Gronkowski’s turtleneck look is the stuff memes are made of


Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has wasted no time starting his post-Hall-of-Fame career. He’ll be remembered for his giant hands, road-grader run-blocking, and monster touchdown spikes; but it came at a significant physical cost. After retiring following his third Super Bowl last season and capping an injury-laden, but dominant, nine-year stay, the “Gronk” decided it was time to press on, into new, more fun entertainment ventures.

For example, just a few days ago, Gronkowski was a Los Angeles Lakers’ “Laker Girl,” alongside talk show host James Corden.

And Sunday, the three-time Super Bowl champion took on a new role as a football analyst for Fox Sports’ “NFL on Fox” broadcast. His insight and excitement for the game were contagious, rubbing off on hist Curt Menefee, and former stars, including Michael Strahan, Howie Long, Tony Gonzalez, and Terry Bradshaw. 

However, Gronk’s turtleneck—which it appears he’d never worn before—was the real MVP, making the all-pro the stuff memes are made of. As Christian Arcand noted on Twitter, he looked like a Russian hitman.

Some thought he looked like a future Bond (or Austin Powers) villain:

Some made a note of Gronkowski’s sidestepping of hair and makeup:

Gronk’s constant expression of absolute wiredness was also taken to account.

It’s almost a guarantee that Gronkowski will be back on your screen in the near future; he’s simply must-watch television.


Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman

Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.