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Gronkowski backtracks MNF statement, says he watches film

Four time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski told reporters he does watch film after joking with the Manning brothers on Monday Night Football.

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Gronkowski backtracks MNF statement, says he watches film
Jonathan Dyer USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Bucs Tight End Rob Gronkowski clarified statements he made on a telecast of Monday Night Football where he said he doesn’t watch film in preparation for games.

Gronk was being Gronk on MNF MegaCast

When asked about his comments on Wednesday the Bucs tight end told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times "I actually watch tons of film. An overload of film. I will probably blame [Bucs vice president of communications] Nelson [Luis] over there. He asked me eight times to go on the show. I told him, 'It's not a good idea.' They always get me in that type of silly atmosphere, and that's what happened,"

The four-time Super Bowl champion made a guest apperance on Eli and Peyton Manning’s ESPN Monday Night Football MegaCast, and joked with the two retired brothers saying he lets his future hall of fame quarterback do all the studying.

"I just run by guys, and if I'm feelin' good, I'm feelin' good,” said Gronk. “I actually do go up to Tom [Brady] 'cause Tom watches like, I don't know, 40 hours of film a week. I go, 'Tom, who's covering me this week? What type of coverages are they doing?' I go, 'That's why I love playing for you, dawg. You just know everything.”

Brady and Gronk as dangerous of a duo as ever

Gronk is as famous for his pass catching abilities as he is for larger than life personality. He is always a magnet for cameras and microphones whether on the field or off. The 32 year-old tight end has had a stellar start to the season catching 12 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns. So whatever he is doing to prepare for his opponents seems to be working.

The former Patriot, who has connected with Tom Brady for a total of 102 touchdowns, reassured the media and Bucs fans, "Trust me, I watch so much film that my girlfriend gets mad at me. She friggin' throws s--- at me sometimes, I'm watching so much film,"