Gronkowski's Performance Will Rival Schilling's Bloody Sock Game If Patriots Win

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IFebruary 2, 2012

Gronkowski's Performance Will Rival Schilling's Bloody Sock Game If Patriots Win

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    Rob Gronkowski will be looking to make New England sports history on Sunday with a Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants.

    The stage is set for a memorable performance from the injured tight end.

    Gronkowski finally returned to practice Thursday after suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game. He has recently shed the walking boot he had been wearing, but still will not enter the game 100 percent.

The Infamous Bloody Sock

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    In 2004, the Boston Red Sox ignited New England when they relinquished the curse that had plagued them for 86 years.

    On Sunday night, the New England Patriots will try to avenge their Super Bowl loss against the New York Giants from four years ago. 

    In the Red Sox notorious championship run, they received an inspiring performance from Curt Schilling in Game 6 of the ALCS. After injuring his ankle by tearing a tendon sheath in Game 1, he received a tendon procedure which allowed him to take the mound in Game 6.

    This lead to the famous "Bloody Sock Game" caused from the sutures used in the procedure on his tendon. 

    The Red Sox went on to complete the comeback from three games to none down against the New York Yankees and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

    On Sunday, Rob Gronkowski might be able to solidify his own spot in New England sports history.

    He will do anything he has to in order to be able to take the field in Super Bow XLVI.

How He Will Deal with the Injury During the Game

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    Ben Roethlisberger, hampered with the same injury earlier in the season, was injected with pain killing injections before his game against the San Francisco 49ers.

    In addition to pain killing injections before the game, the Patriots are looking in to other measures to ensure Gronkowski's effectiveness Sunday.

    Currently, New England is looking in to a special cleat for Gronkowski to make it more comfortable for him to get through the game. 

    If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, it will be on the strength of Gronk's ankle.

Play as Though It Is Your Last Time

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    Although the Patriots say he might be limited in the game, I believe that if he gets on the field, he will be used as he would be in any other game.

    If he is on the field, there is no way he does not play this game as though it was his last.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Gronkowski raises the MVP trophy during the trophy ceremony if New England wins the game.

    It will be pivotal that Gronkowski is able to run comfortably in the Super Bowl. He has not run much since the injury, bringing in to question his cardio for the game.

    Gronkowski might be seen on the sideline a bit more, at least to allow him to get an extra breather here and there.

New England Will Try to Cool Down the Giants

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    The New England Patriots will be facing a tough task against the New York Giants on Sunday. Although they are the favorite, many people are feeling as though the Giants have the momentum coming in to the big game.

    New England will have to be clicking on all cylinders if they have any hopes of winning.

    Rob Gronkowski will be pivotal to their performance and execution against the Giants.

The Final Test

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    Schilling persevered through his injury in a do-or-die game in the playoffs against his rivals. Gronkowski will try to do the same in Super Bowl XLVI. 

    On Sunday, adrenaline will kick in and Gronkowski will not be focused on the pain in his ankle. He has proven his toughness all season and Super Bowl XLVI will be the ultimate test of strength for him.