The New England Patriots are hoping that Rob Gronkowski is able to return in time to start the season for them at tight end, but in the meantime he’s going around doing Gronk-tacular things like shaving his head for cancer awareness. The NFL has been on the forefront of cancer awareness in recent years and Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s cancer battle only made the fight more personal.
According to The Sun Chronicle, Gronkowski headlined the fourth annual Kids Cancer Buzz-Off where he and hundreds of other participants shaved their heads to raise awareness for cancer and cancer research. The New England Patriots’ official Twitter feed tweeted out a video of Gronkowski getting buzzed at the event, which the tight end has been a part of for three straight years now.
Athletes are regarded as Gods walking among mere mortals by their fans, and especially by their young fans. So it’s always heartwarming to see players as high profile like Gronkowski shelving their egos and shaving their heads to raise awareness for something that isn’t directly effecting them. According to the Sun Chronicle, more than 10,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013, so no matter if you’ve had kids or not, the issue hits home with everyone as imaging having cancer as a kid is unfathomable.
Gronkowski may have a wild party side and he may rush back from injury too soon, but he clearly has a huge heart and isn’t afraid to lose his hair to raise as much money as he can for cancer awareness.