Rob Gronkowski: New England Patriots TE Gets Ankle Surgery, How Will He Dance?

Brendan O'Hare@brendohareContributor IFebruary 10, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 and Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots wait in the end zone after losing to the New York Giants 21-17 during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle earlier today, proving the severity of an injury that hampered him in the Super Bowl in which he caught only two passes for 26 yards.

"But that's his dancin' ankle!" you might say, and of course you would be wrong. As Drew Magary perfectly put it, who cares that Gronkowski was videotaped maniacally dancing poorly immediately following the game? He played in a full game of a contact sport, and then celebrated his freedom from the sport that destroyed his ankle.

To call it "an eyebrow-raising incident" is just an insult to the term. If this makes your eyebrows move at all, then you care too much about a professional athlete. It's his crippled ankle, and if he chooses to destroy it even more so after the season, that's his choice. It didn't make his ankle any worse most likely, and he'll be out for 10 weeks. The next season is many more weeks than that away. 

So Gronkowski will now be resting his famed ankle for a few months, effectively prohibiting him from dancing and making irascible sportswriters upset that they don't have anything to mull over. Although I find Gronkowski the human being to be terribly annoying (sorry, Gronk), I don't think the anger people (Rodney Harrison) expressed was justified, and the fact that he waited until after the season was over to get major surgery vindicates Gronkowski.

That said, I'm embarrassed at his dancing skills, bum ankle or not. Get your game up, son.