Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski: 'It's an honor' to get back out there

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The New England Patriots and their fans got exceptional news today when it was announced that Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski will be playing in the team’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium this Sunday.

After practice today, Gronkowski was swarmed by the media and he explained how elated he is to finally get back in pads and play with his teammates.

“I am good to go, I’ll be playing,” Gronkowski told the media. “I am super excited. I have been seeing my teammates grinding all week and now I get to go back in the huddle with them and break the huddle with them. It’s going to be an honor to get back out there with them.”

Gronkowski went down last season with a torn ACL and MCL that required surgery, and after months of rehab to get back into playing shape, he was rewarded when it was announced he would be playing in Sunday’s opener against the division rivals.

“I feel mentally and physically ready for sure. There is no doubt about it,” Gronkowski continued. “The last few weeks everything has been going well. There has been no setbacks. I have been taking it week by week and day by day. Now I just have to focus on the Miami Dolphins.”

You can bet Brady will be looking to hook up with Gronkowski early and often in Week 1, but it remains to be seen just how much of a force Gronk can be post surgery.

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