Prepare for a larger-than-life episode! Monster Energy is proud to welcome four-time Super Bowl Champion and American football icon Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski on Episode 10 of the sports and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny. This latest one-hour installment welcomes the 32-year-old NFL star famous for his record-setting career, including milestone victories with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Speaking on expectations after winning last season’s Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, Gronkowski said on the podcast: “Now that we won it, it’s going to be expected this year. We got the target on our back. I don’t want to put added pressure and stress on myself. If we just go out there and do what we got to do, everything will take care of itself.”
The special episode was filmed at the football player’s residence in Tampa Bay, Florida. Prepare to be amazed as the five-time Pro Bowl selection relives career milestones with the two podcast hosts, Australian action sports personality Luke “The Dingo” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny Kass. The new episode, guest-starring Gronk’s French bulldog Ralphie, is now streaming on all major platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and YouTube.
Asked about his most meaningful achievement in the NFL, Gronkowski said on the podcast: “The first Super Bowl, in 2014. We were playing the Seattle Seahawks and you just want to get that first Super Bowl under your belt. That was the most meaningful to me, winning that first Super Bowl.”
Born and raised in Amherst, New York, Gronkowski hails from a long line of accomplished athletes. His father is a former college football player for Syracuse University, and his grandfather represented the United States in the 1924 Summer Olympics in France and set multiple world records.
Gronkowski’s accolades include the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end (1,163 yards). He was also the first player in the tight end position to lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns (17 in 2011). Just recently, Gronkowski set a new Guinness Book World Record for the highest altitude catch of an American football, dropped from a helicopter at 600 feet, in April 2021.
“It was pretty windy, and I thought, 'This ball is going to be a bit hard to track.' My friend, Arizona alumni Donnie Salum, dropped the ball from the helicopter and it just looked like an ant. It wasn’t easy to catch, but I made it on my sixth try. Snatched it right out of the air!”
Outside of the competitive arena, Gronkowski transcends into pop culture like very few other athletes. He has appeared on hit television shows such as ‘Entourage’, ‘Family Guy’ and ‘Shark Week’ as well as a “Rock out with Gronk” special alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Plus, Gronkowski has also served as a long-time brand ambassador for Monster Energy and endorsed the best-selling “gronk” special edition drink.
“The sponsorship with Monster since I signed with them five years ago has just been unbelievable. We’re at Daytona 500 with Kurt Busch at the finish line, popping champagne. I’m on your podcast now, all because I’m with Monster. The energy around Monster is just fantastic,” said Gronkowski.