FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked by New England Patriots reporters about a game plan that might slow down tight end Rob Gronkowski, he made a connection to a different sport.
“He’s like a great basketball player; Steph Curry, LeBron James, he's going to get his points,” Gruden said. “You’ve just got to make sure they don’t kill you. We’ve just got to try to limit his big plays, and when he does get the ball we get some people around him and try to force some turnovers and go ahead and play."
Gruden added that it would have be a group effort.
When informed of those remarks Thursday, Gronkowski was flattered by the basketball comparison.
“So I've got a three-point shot and I've got power and I've got quickness?” he asked playfully. “I'll take that. I'll take the Steph Curry-Lebron combo. Definitely.”
That had Gronkowski reflecting on his high school basketball career.
“I definitely loved playing basketball. I miss it,” he said, before turning to humor. “I was the number one dunker. Packed the house. Had to throw down my jams every game.”