Rob Gronkowski will return to football as a placekicker. During Super Bowl XLVII.
In November, TMZ photographed Gronkowski practicing field goals in Orlando. Who said I’m retired? shouted the former Patriots and Buccaneers tight end.
Gronkowski was really rehearsing field goal kicks for a FanDuel Super Bowl commercial that he would be performing live.
As part of FanDuel Sportsbook’s “Kick of Destiny” Super Bowl promotion, any player who wagers in any capacity on the Super Bowl will be eligible for a portion of $10 million in free bets. There is, however, a catch, or should we say a kicker?
These free wagers will only be awarded if Gronkowski kicks a 25-yard field goal during the third quarter of the Super Bowl in front of the entire world.
Andrew Sneyd, executive vice president of marketing at FanDuel, told The Post on Friday, “Gronk is taking this matter extremely seriously.” He has been trained by Adam Vinatieri, with whom he has been practicing weekly.
Sneyd stated, “When we presented him the concept for the commercial, we told him, ‘Rob, we’re going to cut live during the game, and someone will kick the field goal. And Rob, we want you to be that guy.'”
Gronkowski’s response was, “But I catch, I don’t kick.”
Gronk will return to the Super Bowl despite his retirement, with $10 million on the line for his fans. The effort will be made from the eight-yard line.
As of Week 18, according to NFL.com, kickers are 207/224 (92.4 percent) from 20-29 yards this season.
“I certainly hope he makes it,” remarked Sneyd.
There is currently no strategy for what would occur if Gronkowski missed the game.
Sneyd stated, “Gronkowski is an athletic beast.” We are certain that he will make the kick, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be sweating prior to it.
Throughout the NFL playoffs, Gronkowski will appear in a series of advertisements that tease his upcoming super kick. In imitation of the typical Super Bowl buildup, the commercials will involve a simulated media day and training sessions.
This is the first Super Bowl to be held in a state where sports betting is legal, as Arizona will host the event.