- Rob Gronkowski won’t be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, but he’ll still have a huge presence at the big game.
- Gronkowski is honoring Navy veteran Marc McCabe with tickets to the Super Bowl, through a partnership with USAA.
- Gronkowski will also be present at several events throughout the weekend, including hosting his “Gronk Beach” party.
Rob Gronkowski has as much Super Bowl experience as nearly any player in NFL history.
Winning four Super Bowl rings alongside his quarterback Tom Brady, Gronkowski cemented his status as one of the greatest tight ends to ever play.
At this year’s Super Bowl in Arizona, Gronkowski won’t be playing, but he will be seemingly everywhere, and through his partnership with USAA, he’s bringing along a well-deserving fan with him to the big game.
Marc McCabe served in the US Navy for eight years. A Vikings fan now living in the Tampa area, McCabe will be attending the Super Bowl this year with his friend Patrick, an Eagles fan.
“He served our country in Vietnam providing medical care to Marines, which is just amazing,” Gronkowski told Insider of McCabe’s service.
—Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 18, 2023
Gronkowski hasn’t had the chance to meet McCabe in person yet, but he will do so the day before the Super Bowl at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge.
With so much Super Bowl experience under his belt, Gronk knows what to expect out of such a busy weekend.
“I’ve been on both sides, playing in it and going to the Super Bowl, like as a fan and doing all the events,” Gronkowski said. “There’s just no greater weekend than Super Bowl weekend. The majority of the time it’s in an area with nice weather. There’s always events going on outside.”
In addition to his partnership with USAA, Gronkowski will also be busy throughout Super Bowl weekend with other appearances, including hosting “Gronk Beach,” a music festival/party that will feature performances from 21 Savage and Diplo this year.
“You can get a little tipsy, you can dance all day long,” Gronkowski said of the event, taking place the Saturday before the game.
—Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 10, 2023
Despite the ultra party atmosphere, Gronkowski said that he also makes time for veterans at the event as well.
“We always love to promote the soldiers that are there,” Gronkowski told Insider. “That’s my favorite thing about Gronk Beach — there’s always veterans in the crowd. I bring a lot of them up on stage, and I try to get to as many as possible and sign whatever item that they have — if they have a football, if they have a hat, if they have my jersey.”
On Sunday, Gronkowski will also be trying to kick a field goal for a promotional campaign for FanDuel.
With a packed calendar, Gronkowski just might be the busiest man in Phoenix come Super Bowl weekend — not bad for a retired guy.