Rob Gronkowski: ‘I like scoring touchdowns for sure’

The sun is hot. Water is wet. And Rob Gronkowski likes hitting paydirt.

Duh.

“I like scoring touchdowns for sure,” Gronkowski said, via ESPN.com. “That’s why when I get in the red zone my eyes light up.”

This revelation was made after the Patriots’ 51-23 win over the Bears on Sunday. In the midst of the laugher, Gronkowski caught three TD passes — from 6, 2 and 46 yards out — showing his old, dominate form.

The 46-yarder was a particularly beastly play in which Gronk rag-dolled a defender off of him and sprinted to the end zone. The sequence left the Bears in the dust, and Gronkowski’s teammates in disbelief.

“Man, if you watch me, I’m just standing 20 yards behind him just turning my body just oh, oh, oh, he made it?” Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell said. “Oh, he’s about to dive? I was a fan for a whole six seconds. I love it.”

The Patriots’ All-Pro tight end, who now has 49 career touchdowns, explained how he gains an on-field advantage.

“Being a big guy, obviously I’m not as fast as the DBs and the safeties and stuff and some of the linebackers are really fast too,” Gronkowski said. “I have to use my body as leverage to outflank the guy to use it as a basketball move, like to box out.”

It was his speed — often underestimated — that was the difference against Chicago, however.

“I mean, maybe I was the fastest that play,” Gronkowski said, referring to the 46-yard score. “But, just have to go out and go full speed and things happen.”

(Photo credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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