Gronkowski pleased he's San Diego-bound, even as a 'cheerleader'

2009-12-23T00:00:00Z Gronkowski pleased he's San Diego-bound, even as a 'cheerleader' Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 23, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Rob Gronkowski doesn't think his trip to the Holiday Bowl will be weird.

And that, in itself, is weird.

"I'm kind of used to it," the Arizona Wildcats' injured tight end said. "I know I'm not going to be playing, so it's nothing, really.

"I'm just going to be with the team and hang out.

"It's boring in Tucson when school's out, so I'm excited to get out to San Diego and have some fun. I've never been there before."

Gronkowski said he will be a "cheerleader and supporter" when the Wildcats take on Nebraska on Dec. 30. The junior from Amherst, N.Y., has not played in a game this season because of a back injury. Doctors fixed a lumbar herniated disk and repaired nerve damage on Sept. 24; Gronkowski can walk and stand for long periods without pain but has not returned to playing shape.

Gronkowski should be healthy by the start of spring drills - if he decides to stay at Arizona.

Gronkowski, 20, will consider declaring for the NFL draft, though it would likely take a first-round projection to get him to leave early.

The Wildcats' tight end said he's "50-50" about returning.

"Sometime after the bowl game," he said, "I'll know a lot more."

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