NFL Countdown: Bruschi & Gronk

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A behind-the-scenes glimpse.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown show was in town this week to highlight impressive second-year Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi sat down with Gronkowski and the two have an obvious connection -- they are both University of Arizona alums.

Bruschi had his sights set on Gronkowski before the Patriots selected him 42nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, saying he was exactly what Bill Belichick has been seeking for years -- a Mark Bavaro-type option at the position. The Gronkowski-Bavaro connection was explored earlier this year (link here).

Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the Bruschi interview with Gronkowski on ESPN.