Super Bowl 46: Rob Gronkowski Dancing Controversy Is Utterly Ridiculous

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Ohmigod, you guys—the New England Patriots lost the game and then Rob Gronkowski was seen partying and dancing, like, hours after it happened.

Why wasn't he in his hotel room crying, or writing in his journal about all of the things he would do to make sure the Patriots won the Super Bowl next year, or immediately watching film afterward? Why wasn't he as heartbroken as I was?

If you think like the above, I have two words for you: Shut up.

No professional athlete likes losing, and I guarantee you Gronk was upset that the Patriots didn't win the Super Bowl. But everyone handles a loss differently, and sometimes—especially when your season is over—it's nice to unwind after a loss rather than sit around and stew in your own misery.

Sometimes, it's nice to be able to distract yourself with friends and family rather than sit alone and be depressed.

Listen, these guys do this for a living. Football is their job. For most of the year, these guys are lifting weights and conditioning, spending time at practice and destroying their bodies on game day. Just because playing football seems like fun to those of us working other jobs doesn't mean it isn't a grueling mental and physical grind.

Sometimes, even after a loss, it's nice to let off some steam.

I can only share my experiences up to a certain point, since I never played beyond high school varsity football. But I can tell you this—when you actually play in the game, losing feels different. It's not as emotionally draining because you know you physically did everything you could do to win the game.

You don't enjoy the loss, but by the time the game is over and you've ripped the tape off your ankles, shared a few words with teammates, hit the showers and walked out of that locker room, you are ready to move on. Some losses are harder to shake than others, but life goes on.

You did your best and you'll get them next time, you tell yourself.

Gronk is young. Rightly or wrongly, he probably figures he'll have another chance to win a Super Bowl. If he was a 15-year veteran and this was his last shot at a ring, I'm sure his reaction would be different. After my last game, I walked off of the field very, very slowly.

And for those of you who might make the argument that he was a non-factor on the field because of his ankle but it didn't factor into him taking it easy on the dance floor, get a life. Gronk's "dance moves" required a lot less strain and tension be put on that ankle than making a cut while running a route full steam, or trying to fight through a jam at the line of scrimmage.

After Gronk's record-setting season and his attempt to play through a high-ankle sprain, I think he's earned your trust. If he wants to dance after a loss, let him dance.

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