With Rob Gronkowski back on the field for New England, many Patriots fans are again doing a double-take at exactly how enormous the tight end is compared to his NFL peers.
But for some real understanding of just how big the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski is, perhaps he needs to stand side-by-side with some normal folks — or baseball players.
The Red Sox were at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night to celebrate their most recent World Series victory, and their presence served as a reminder of the disparity in size between football players and baseball players. While every sport draws from a different segment of physical extremes — Kevin Garnett would dwarf any Pats player in height — perhaps none is as striking as the difference between those who play in the NFL and MLB.
Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shared a chuckle on Sunday night about the size of some of the Red Sox players, which was caught on tape after Sound FX had Belichick wear a microphone for the game. Belichick and McDaniels seemed surprised as they discussed how Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino are basically in a featherweight class compared to the guys they see in their locker room.
Belichick is then seen commenting on the same topic with Tom Brady as the Red Sox players took the field.
“They must be going, ‘Geez, these guys are huge,'” Brady joked of the Red Sox players.
“They’re so little,” Belichick agreed.
While Belichick undershot his estimations — he had Pedroia at 150 pounds, while he is officially listed at 165 — he did have a point about everyday baseball players being significantly smaller than even his tiny wide receivers. Julian Edelman comes in at 198 pounds, for example.
The microphone also picked up some classic Belichick strategizing, including his game plan of keeping Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket. Belichick can be heard complimenting players, encouraging the team to keep up the scoring and blaming himself for one Pittsburgh touchdown. The clip wraps up with him in the locker room, telling the Patriots that seven wins is good but “won’t get anything in this league.”
“We need a lot more than that,” he said.
So, it wasn’t all surprises Sunday.
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