It’s only been two years since Rob Gronkowski won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He retired for a second time, after the 2020-2021 season. The 33-year-old still manages a way to make it into our living room, almost every day. Retirement has always looked good on the four-time Super Bowl champion.
Rob Gronkowski Retired in 2018 Initially
If you remember correctly, Gronkowski retired after the 2018 season. However, he returned to play with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay in 2020. The close friends led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl title that season. The Buccaneers (8-9) won the NFC South for the second straight year. It’s no secret that Brady and the offense sorely miss their huge target of a tight end.
While the Bucs are on a mission to get back to the Super Bowl, Gronk has already punched his ticket to be on the football field, somewhat in the game, for Super Bowl LVII. The four-time All-Pro tight end will attempt to make a field goal in Arizona on Feb. 12 during a live television commercial for FanDuel.
Anyone who places a Super Bowl bet of $5 or more on FanDuel will win a share of $10 million in free bets if Gronkowski makes the field goal. Those free bets will only be released if he can successfully hit a 25-yard field goal in front of the entire world during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.
The Commercial Is Called the ‘Kick of Destiny’
The ad campaign is titled “Kick of Destiny”. It was introduced with a 30-second spot this past Monday, during the NCAA Football National Championship game. This first-ever Super Bowl commercial will be more than just a television spot. It will create a moment that brings fans together.
“Everyone knows that I love throwing myself into fun, love trying out new ideas,” Gronkowski told media. “Obviously, I can catch a football…Why not try to kick a field goal? And on top of it, I was punt, pass and kick champion in the western New York region when I was growing up, as well. So, I love kicking field goals. I used to practice all the time. This is an opportunity to help my fans out there to win $10 million in free bets, which is mind-blowing.”
Rob Gronkowski Has Only Made One Field Goal in His Career
Rob Gronkowski made one field goal in his career, a 33-yarder in high school, but for this chip shot he called upon three-time All-Pro Adam Vinatieri to teach him the ways of the kicker. Vinatieri’s 599 career field goals are the most in NFL history.
“I’m not at the top of my game right now, but I actually have two training sessions coming up this week,” Gronkowski said. “I believe if you put your mind to anything, you can do anything. And I don’t want to disappoint America…I’m going to have to train, but I feel like I’m going to be able to pull it off. It’s like fourth-and-1, game on the line. I like that pressure. I like the ball coming to me. And this is the same situation with the field goal.”
Sports Betting Is Legal in Arizona
This is the first Super Bowl that will take place in a legal sports betting state, as it will be hosted in Arizona and according to NFL.com, kickers are 207/224 (92.4%) from between 20-29 yards this season entering Week 18.
Throughout the NFL playoffs, Rob Gronkowski will be featured in a series of commercials, teasing his eventual super kick. The commercials will include a mock-media day, training sessions and more, mimicking a normal Super Bowl build-up.
Here’s the kicker, pun intended. You can’t actually bet on the field goal itself. After reading the fine print, which seems to change daily due to this being the first-ever bet of this kind, here’s a look at how you can win though.
If you place a wager of $5 or more on the Super Bowl, you’ll be eligible to receive a proportional amount of up to $20 in free bets if Gronk sinks that mid-game kick. So, for instance, let’s say you bet $20 on the over. If Gronk sinks the 25-yard field goal, you’ll receive $20 in free bets. If you bet $25 on that same over, you’ll only receive $20 in free bets, the max allotment available. Make sense? Good.
Other types of Super Bowl wagers are eligible. Say, for instance, you wager on the Jaguars to win the Super Bowl at their current odds of +4800, and they win…that wager will count toward this Gronkowski promotion. Happy betting sports fans, and good luck Gronk, America’s counting on you!