HomeFootball ZonePhoto: Julian Edelman Asks Gronk For Ration On Epic Spike Vs. Jets, TE Responds
Photo: Julian Edelman Asks Gronk For Ration On Epic Spike Vs. Jets, TE Responds
September 25, 2019
receiver Julian Edelman played the first half of the Week 3 game against the
New York Jets. He had to leave the game due to a chest injury, but he was
really great in the first two quarters of the match. Edelman had seven catches
for 62 yards and his first touchdown for the season. How did he celebrate it? With
the Gronk spike.
shared a photo of him spiking the football, and asked Rob Gronkowski to rate
it. The retired tight end trademarked the Gronk Spike during his time with the
Tom Brady commented to the photo, and he gave Edelman a 10. Gronk responded to the photo, too.
Believe it or not, there’s a definition of Gronk Spike in the Urban Dictionary.
“The action of forcing an object (usually a football) into the
ground with tremendous force as a way of celebration or because you’re f—ing
hammered and felt like doing it anyway.”
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that the Gronk spike first appeared on Sept. 26, 2010. He wrote, “ After scoring his second NFL touchdown on a short pass from Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski raised his left leg in Juan Marichal-like fashion, reached back with his meaty right arm, hopped three times on his right foot and fired the ball into the turf. The only imperfection was an untied lace on his left shoe, the ideal metaphor for Gronkowski, who has never been accused of being tightly wound.”
Gronk spike fits Gronkowski’s big personality and exceptional talent. According
to Cimini, Gronk has executed 72 touchdown spikes in his professional career. He
doesn’t even count the can of beer Gronkowski spiked at the New England
Patriots’ Super Bowl parade. He finished it first, let’s not forget that. The retired
tight end also spiked a bridal bouquet at a wedding reception. Remember the
Boston Bruins game? Gronk spiked a puck there, too.
spike is the best celebration — it’s a classic — and he definitely brought it
to a new level, trademarking it for himself,” teammate Ted Karras said. “Now you say, ‘Gronk Spike.’
I think that’s pretty cool. He changed the verbiage of the term.”