Super Bowl LVII, in Phoenix, Arizona, was another iconic NFL championship game, as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs wrote another chapter in their dynasty story, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35. But wind the clock back to the beginning of Super Bowl LVII week and Decyfr was on hand with a member of a former NFL dynasty – none other than the New England Patriots’ legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk told Decyfr about his favourite ever celebration and it was one that NFL UK fans would remember fondly.
On October 28, 2012, the New England Patriots visited Wembley Stadium in London to take on the St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) and the scene was set for Gronkowski to take centre stage.
His first touchdown of the game came in the second quarter, as on third and goal he caught a pass from quarterback Tom Brady in the endzone. Cue a royal celebration. Gronkowski rose to his feet and imitated the Palace Guard with a pitch-perfect march before committing to his legendary spike.
Fast forward to media row in Arizona and Gronkowski told Decyfr: “That iconic celebration, that is still talked about to this day.
“People always ask me what was your favourite touchdown celebration and always say the marching of the guards when I was in London.”
11 years on from his iconic London celebration and not only did Gronkowski look back on it fondly when prompted by Decyfr during Super Bowl LVII week, but he marvelled at just how much the game has grown in Europe, citing the significance of another former team of his – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – playing in Germany for the first time.
“It’s great for the NFL,” said Gronkowski.
“It’s modern-day gladiators, and the gladiators I’m pretty sure started all overseas anyways – so we’ve got to bring the modern-day gladiators overseas so [international fans] can enjoy the sport as well.”
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