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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544126688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544126688
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The beauty of Growing Up Gronk is that you never really have to grow up at all. A fascinating look inside a larger-than-life football family. Enjoy the romp of Growing Up Gronk." -- Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe columnist and bestselling author (with Terry Francona) of Francona: the Red Sox Years

"If football is the ultimate American sport, it follows that the Gronkowskis are the ultimate American family. That equation isn’t based merely on their talents—which are extraordinary enough. No, it’s their unbridled exuberance and irreverence that sets them apart. From Gordie Senior on down, they are the Peter Pans of football, men-children who refuse to take themselves or the game too seriously. Anyone who’s spent time around the Brothers Gronkowski will surely agree that Growing Up Gronk captures them in full." -- Jeremy Schaap, ESPN commentator and bestselling author of Cinderella Man and Triumph

About the Author

The Gronkowski Family includes father, Gordy Gronkowski, who played football at Syracuse University and is president of G&G Fitness, his sons: Gordie, Jr. a professional baseball player who was drafted by the Angels; Dan, a tight end with the Celveland Browns; Chris, a fullback with the Denver Broncos; Rob, a superstar tight end with the New England Patriots; and Glenn, "Goose," who plays Division 1 football at Kansas State. They are from Buffalo, New York.

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I recommend this book to any football fan.
Rowell Siazon
It is a book about the combination of hard work and good genetics leading to the development of some stellar athletes.
N. Beitler
The print though is large, the wording not that difficult and a fast and easy book to read in a short time.
Bill A. Belt

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ace VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
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They were born, they grew up. Their father made some nice deals on exercise equipment. They started to exercise in eighth grade, as a family tradition -- they played sports and then football, they got hurt. They had fun.

Although there are some interesting tidbits scattered throughout this book -- and I wish my mother had put a freezer full of food stocked for me and Sis when we were in the middle of our baseball practice/growth spurt years -- I found the book to be pleasantly anecdotal, but not inspirational. It's nice to know "how they did it" but it doesn't give much of a message other than -- this is a nice, solid family -- this is how they lived, grew up, played sports.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Prunty on October 2, 2013
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I bought this for my nephews birthday and he loved it. But it is definitely a book for children and not adults. I read a quote attributed to Wes Welker where he joked that he though it was written in crayon but it does seem like a rush job with not much time or effort put into it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker VINE VOICE on January 17, 2014
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I really don’t know why anyone would be particularly interested in this book, unless maybe they are a diehard New England Patriots fan, like me. It is mostly a vanity project for Gordy Gronkowski, the father of five amazing athletes. His five sons have all achieved a great deal of success in sports, with three making to the National Football League, one who played professional baseball, and the youngest is an up and coming star in his own right.

This book talks about how his sons achieved that success. Beyond being naturally gifted athletes Gordy appears to be a somewhat obsessed workout junkie and had his five sons competing with each other in the basement using a workout regime created by Gordy himself. He created five workout junkies in his own image who were motivated by their father but also by their competition with each other. This healthy competition resulted in a clan of professional athletes.

The book also provides some details on what their family life was like growing up and how their incredible mother managed to rein in five Gronks (six if you count the father) and cook and clean and drive them around to all their various sporting events. She is a bit in the background in the book, for the most part, but clearly a hero in her own right.

While the book is not just about Rob Gronkowski he does get more air time here, which is only fair as he is the most successful of the five Gronks. As a tight end for the New England Patriots he’s had a few monster seasons and could potentially be one of the greatest tight ends of all time. Unfortunately, his history of injuries, especially recently, will probably derail that dream. He is described as a bit of a fun loving goofball but a hard worker dedicated to being his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on September 13, 2013
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If you are looking for a little insight into how a family raised some amazing athletes this book gives a nice little biography of one family's choices. If you are looking for a bio of just one of the Gronkowski boys you won't find that here as this book focuses on more on the whole family. Interesting insight is offered but speaks a bit more to fathers of children as opposed to your typical sports-crazed fan. Easy, enjoyable read, definitely geared towards the sports lover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Bride on November 21, 2013
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This is a book for Gronk fans!

It does give a great primer for how to fulfill your goals if you plan to pursue an NFL career. Also a good primer for what you need to do to get into shape, or to make a good comeback after a surgery.

But if you aren't a fan of the Gronkowskis you may find it boring.

I think if there was ever a controversy it might have been more interesting to someone who doesn't follow these guys. But this family seems to have navigated life with very little of that sort of thing.

Perhaps a primer on how to raise a house full well adjusted, healthy, successful boys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EMTP EJ VINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
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Heartwarming story about the whole family and their approach to life. There are no shortcuts to having good genes and having a strong work ethic and practice , practice , practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Lino on November 17, 2013
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Fun book and arrived new and on time. I'm a patriots fan so this made for fun reading without being too serious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill A. Belt VINE VOICE on October 30, 2013
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I received this book from the Vine program and more than likely I would never have purchased the book. It seems more targeted fro children to read. The print though is large, the wording not that difficult and a fast and easy book to read in a short time. This is somewhat the "all American" story of a family that loved sports, that worked hard and overcame setbacks as they worked toward their goals. The book will give you a picture of how the family was raining the boys, how the family got by of a few hundred dollars a week for food when everyone was at home.

This is just a nice little personal book that gives the reader the "rest of the story" and is light and of little real substance. It is just a little fun reading away from those books that contains lot of drama and intrigue,. You won't find that in this book.. This book is not a breaking story worthy of a news clip, but rather a lazy , short, little story about one's family , their trials and tribulations. Read it only if you have nothing else to do for the moment.
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