Some might accuse Rob Gronkowski of point shaving in a high school basketball game back during his multi-sport days in high school, but anyone who knows Gronkowski knows he is always on the lookout for a good laugh.

With the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this week, stories from the past of players in the game are popping up just about anywhere. Among those is a very nice story of how Gronkowski once intentionally missed a free throw in a basketball game specifically so his team’s score could sit on 69 points. His former high school basketball coach, Chuck Swierski, shared the tale with FOX Sports Radio.

Swierski [said], “So we’re playing a home game and we have 68 points – now it’s not a blowout, but it’s not a particularly close game either. So he [Gronkowski] gets fouled and goes to the free throw line. He hits the first one to get us to 69 and the place goes nuts because he’s playing into it. On his next free throw, he purposely chucks the ball off the backboard and misses so the score would stay at 69 and then runs back on defense pointing at the scoreboard.”

Of course Gronkowski, who listed his hobbies as “working out, playing sports, chicks” for his high school basketball bio would do anything he can to end the game with that score. Would you expect anything different from Gronk?


[FOX Sports Radio]

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