Gronk will attend a major American sporting event this year.
No, Pats fans, your Star Tight End has not announced he will continue to play football. Instead, a horse named Gronkowki will run for the roses.
Via ESPN, Gronk's horse has qualified for the Kentucky Derby by winning the Burradon Stakes in England on Friday. Gronk, as it turns out, is a European horse, and the people at Churchill Downs have for the first time decided to give one of the Old World horses one of the 20 places in the Kentucky Derby.
The owner of Gronk the Horse, a Patriots fan, said the horse was named after Gronk, not because Brandin Cooks rode after a touchdown last season, but because the two Gronks had similar physical dimensions.
"I thought it would be appropriate name for the horse as it has a similar structure," Kerri Radcliffe said last month.
Maybe Gronk Man will go to Bluegrass State to watch Gronk's horse – and maybe Gronk's man Gronk will whisper the horse to Gronk's plans for 2018.