At times, Rob Gronkowski has raised eyebrows with his off-field partying and public shenanigans.
But he deserves nothing but praise for one off-field activity on Sunday, after the New England Patriots star tight end participated in this year's fourth annual Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off at Gillette Stadium to benefit Children's Hospital Boston.
Gronkowski—in his third year supporting One Mission's largest fundraiser—will join hundreds of men, women and children who are having their heads shaved in solidarity for those fighting pediatric cancer. Besides getting a haircut, Gronkowski will also give haircuts.
Participants raise money by asking for donations from family, friends and others.
Here's Gronk getting his buzz, via the Patriots' official Twitter account:
Gronkowski shaving it all off at the Kids Cancer Buzz-Off https://t.co/kO7fSnzOZk— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 9, 2013
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald also captured this photo of Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder, who was helping to shave heads at the event:
Now Nate Solder is shaving heads pic.twitter.com/o24fAuoQoO— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) June 9, 2013
It's nice to be talking about something other than recovery time for Gronkowski, who will be having surgery to repair a herniated disk this month and could be out of action for three months. He also had surgery on his broken forearm this offseason, which then developed an infection.
In total, he's had four surgeries on the forearm since last season.
After having a historically good season in 2011 (90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns), he missed five games after the forearm surgery last year and finished the 2012 season with a more modest 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns.
And it looks as though he'll miss some time to start this season, as well.
But for at least one afternoon, all of that was irrelevant, as Gronkowski made a few kids' day and raised money for a great cause.