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The first training camp of an NFL player's career is an unforgettable experience. Exhausting practices, mind-numbing meetings, getting dominated by veterans—it all sounds like a nightmare.

Gronk Got Humbled

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Gronk Got Humbled

Rob Gronkowski is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound superhero. NFL defenders often look like toddlers when they're tasked with trying to contain the size and athleticism of the New England Patriots tight end. But in Gronkowski's first NFL training camp, he was the one getting manhandled.

In an early practice, Gronk's assignment called for him to block Vince Wilfork (6-2, 325). It did not go well. "It was crazy," Gronkowski told the Boston Herald. "I was trying to block Vince Wilfork. I went flying backwards." There's probably no quicker way to humble an NFL rookie than telling him to try to block Vince Wilfork.


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