This is not Foxboro, as we all are very much aware.
Rob Gronkowski played 9 seasons in New England. It’s safe to say during his time there that injury was the only thing to get the best of him. Welcome to the Sunshine State Mr. Gronkowski, where the humidity can bring a grown man or even an athlete that isn’t used to it, to their knees. Such is the case with our new favorite tight end.
A sobering reality in the Sunshine State.
Maybe the best to ever play the position, Gronk has never been one to allow adversity to slow him down, though, it’s safe to say the reality of Summer in the Bay Area has been a sobering reality he probably wasn’t expecting to be such a factor in his comeback. Coach Bruce Arians recently had this to say about that:
“He’s probably in New England shape right now, but he’s not in Florida shape. The heat is kicking his [butt] pretty good [laughs]. It’s different, man. When you train in New England and then come down here, it’s really different. We laughed about it out there today – I don’t think he’s ever sweat that much in his life. It takes a little time to get into the Florida shape, but as far as playing in a game, he’s more than ready right now.” – Via Buccaneers Zoom Meeting 8/17/20.
You wear the humidity like a coat in this state.
Florida natives and residents have been hearing it for many years from out of state visitors how the heat where they come from is just as bad as it is here. It’s one thing to say that standing in the A.C. drinking a cold lemonade, and quite another to be running routes, and going all out in pads and helmet. Sweat pouring out of you seemingly as fast as you can take it in. While it’s true that the Florida Heat/Humidity can be brutal, Gronk is a professional and is surely well on his way to adjusting to it. It’s enough to catch anyone off-guard that hasn’t experienced it before, Gronk included.
Gronkowski, as we know, has competition that cannot be discounted.
All of the big three, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, and Gronk will battle for the starting position. Arians pointed out that a great many of the teams’ offensive sets will include a two tight-end formation. This should be a foregone conclusion with the amount of talent the Bucs have at the position. Every angle to get the most talent on the field will be utilized this season. As well it should be, We have a Super-Bowl to play in at home this season, and we absolutely don’t want to miss out on that honor if we can help it.
Below is a Relative Humidity/ Heat Index for figuring the “Feels Like” number. For example, temperatures are easily still reaching the mid-nineties during camp and Pre-Season as well as through September, August, and even into November. 95 degrees Fahrenheit coupled with 85% humidity will give you a feels like of between 132-137 degrees. I don’t know about you, but throw on an undershirt, pads, and team jersey, helmet, and the rest and then try running around, and expending great amounts of energy. How do you think you would fair? He will get used to it, but it’s no surprise the heat shocks many when they experience it on a humid day. It can overpower you. Like our, Bucs Defense can. Go, Buccaneers!!!!