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Gronk is back: Former Arizona Wildcats tight end cleared to play Sunday for Patriots

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News of former Arizona football players has never experienced a week like this: First, Nick Foles was announced the starting QB Sunday against Dallas, further adding fuel to the fire of a quarterback controversy in Philadelhia. This morning, former UA tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of the most popular players in the NFL, was finally cleared by all of his doctors to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Gronkowski’s return after missing the Patriots’ first five games is so significant that he produced a video of his comeback with BodyArmour Super Drink (in the video you’ll notice he wears his Arizona No. 48 practice gear).

“I feel so much better than I have in the past few weeks; compared to last week right now at this time, I feel great,” Gronkowski said in the video. “You might think that we just show up and play on Sundays, but there’s so much behind the scenes … that goes on before you can get back out on the field.”

Gronkowski, who had to rehab his forearm and his back after surgeries to both, said injuries took football away from him in college (he missed 2009 with Arizona because of a back injury), late last year (with the forearm injury) and this season (rehabbing his back and forearm).

“It’s going to be a great feeling to run back out there through that tunnel and get back out there with them,” Gronkowski says in the video before the screen goes to a still image of a drink product peddled by BODYARMOR above the hashtag #BackToSuper.


[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and


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