Rob Gronkowski Was Once Paid Crazy, '5-Figure' Sum to Attend Birthday Party

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 6, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 03:  Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics  on June 3, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Rob Gronkowski is a professional party god.

That is, he was once paid to make sure a party was Gronk tested and approved. Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated (h/t Business Insider) reports on the Patriots' superstar in the latest issue. 

It seems we learn a great deal about the Gronk when he is in his element. On a particular night, he made "an appearance for which he was being paid five figures and was expected to provide the full Gronkowski experience."

That's a lot of money to pay anyone just to be your pretend friend for an hour or two. I can't fathom parting with that kind of cash just to meet anyone, let alone Gronk. 

Yet, it seems Gronkowski tries his best to make good on such appearances and continues to be smart about his own money. Ballard writes:

But this was "stupid money," and the Gronkowskis are anything but stupid about money. Like his brothers, Rob says he has saved most of the money from his football contracts, investing it in tax-free municipal bonds at his father's decree.

So it appears the NFL star may seem like a wild man with no grasp on finer sensibilities, but that's not the whole truth. He is as sensible as you would hope, considering his mammoth bank account. 

He is also very much interested in the entertainment of others. 

Gronkowski notices this particular party is starting to wind down. After wishing the birthday girl well, he decided to hold a "shotgun" contest (something every party could use) with the added caution that no pictures were to be taken, at least until after they were done chugging. 

After that, as Ballard writes, the party moved to the beer-pong table:

It would be easy, watching the scene, to conclude that Gronkowski is just a big frat boy. And he is, but he is also a gracious, joyous one. He didn't hide behind designer sunglasses or check his phone or in any way act cooler than anyone else. Even when he lost at beer pong (teamed with the birthday girl) and, after that, flip cup (3--2 in a best of five), he didn't pull rank or get upset. He high-fived the birthday girl with exceptional exuberance after each made shot and laughed it off when the same man who shouted "You got Gronked!" yelled, while watching Gronk rim out beer pong shots, "Good thing he's catching passes, not throwing them!"

It sounds like Gronkowski is one hell of a guy. I would have to guess that pretty much anyone would be in a good mood after being paid "five figures" to stand around and play drinking games. 

With that being said, it sounds like Gronk is really just eager to please any and all around him, whether it be fans, friends or family. 

It also sounds like the dude can drink. 


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