Tristan Wirfs Reveals A Deep Connection With Rob Gronkowski

February 20th, 2021

The Bucs’ old Hall of Fame warrior tight end and their superstar rookie had a deep bond before they ever stepped on the field.

This was a new nugget to Joe upon hearing it this week.

At the University of Iowa, Tristan Wirfs’ offensive coordinator was Brian Ferentz, a former NFL offensive lineman and Patriots coach. Ferentz, the son of Iowa’s head coach, coached up Wirfs in college and also was Rob Gronkowski’s blocking-focused tight ends coach in New England.

Wirfs explained a bit on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently that Ferentz was their connection that never faded.

“‘I don’t know why, but he’d always talk about how I’d block at Iowa and how [Ferentz] taught him to block. I don’t know how we always got on that topic of conversation,” Wirfs said of his relationship with Gronk.

“But it was fun; we’d help each other out quite a bit. You know, he loves blocking. It’s crazy. Like a lot of guys love catching passes and scoring touchdowns, but he loves blocking. It’s the funniest thing.”

Wirfs added that Gronk is “so cool’ and he recalled that once Gronk delivered his trademark laugh while blocking a defensive player.

Just another story of the magical 2020 Bucs came together on so many levels.

25 Responses to “Tristan Wirfs Reveals A Deep Connection With Rob Gronkowski”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol….”Wirfs added that Gronk is “so cool’ and he recalled that once Gronk delivered his trademark laugh while blocking a defensive player” lol and the beat goes on baby, Holy Gronkamoli, just like Gene Deckerhof says. Looking forward to more JOY from Gronk as blasting blocks again next year. GO BUCS!!!

  2. Jason Says:

    Blocking is fun! You get to legally beat the crap out of another human being. What’s not to love?

  3. Bird Says:

    Gronk “is so cool”
    He sounds dumber then a box of rocks and he can get away with it cause he is the “lets have fun guy”. The “party guy”

    For charity , gronk should get athletes like himself to do a drinking spelling bee. Each round is another beer

    I would watch

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Rob Gronkowski was worth $5mil of his $10 just to be on the team…in public and in the locker room. What a great personality. i sure hope we find a way to keep him on the team.
    Brady & Gronk bring millions of fans along with them, I’m sure.

  5. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I just watched a BSPN insider clip where Dan Orlovsky named our top three rookies as Wirfs, Winfield and Jamel Dean.

    How much coin does this guy get paid to look like a pure Idiot?????

  6. Bucamania Says:

    I think everyone wants to be Gronk for a day. Dude is loving life.

  7. Lakelandsteve Says:

    If Gronk plays football next year it will be in Tampa with Tom Brady.

  8. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “and he recalled that once Gronk delivered his trademark laugh while blocking a defensive player.”

    That is legendary. I think it might take many, many years before people realize what a special team that 2920 squad was. That doesn’t mean I’m not hoping for back to back titles. But, the talent of this roster, mixed between young and old, is all time.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Lakelandsteve…you must have a crystal ball.

  10. buxsxntkt Says:

    @ SB: Your comment

    Orlovsky is amazing, he got paid millions to run out the back of the endzone and not recognize the play was dead when he did that, now he gets paid millions to demonstrate how much he doesn’t know in the media.

    Amazing , he’s always been second rate but he’s making a ton of dough at not being good !


    Gronk stated in the past he would only catch passes from one QB. Belichick was trying to trade him to Detriot, Gronk to Kraft & BB trade me and he would retire. His personality is light and infectious, he helps Brady with the young guys. This is where Brady steps up takes less so AB & Gronk are back. Maybe BA should hire Ferentz, he seems to do a really good job.

  12. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    buxsxntkt………..It is amazing how some of those guys can keep their jobs when being wrong as often as a weatherman.

  13. Trey Long Says:

    Gronk plays with Tom, period.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Sarcasm is so hard in type.

  15. 6throundpick Says:

    When Gronk went down in New England, the running game was not nearly as effective. He’s the best blocking TE. Other aspects of the offense improve with him in there. And as you saw he’ll make the big plays; game changers. TB12 knows just where to throw it for the big guy, and no one can stop him. Gonna double team others, Brady will find Gronk; gonna double/triple team Gronk (like he was in NE), TB12 will find the others. Bring it on!

  16. Destinjohnny Says:

    Sb u owe me a jersey

  17. Adrnagy Says:

    Wirfs reveals a deep connection with rob ….. is Brady aware ?

  18. CalBucsFan Says:

    I sure OJ Howard will be good to go in the fall and that he’s been studying and learning from Gronk throughout this championship run. If so, the offense will definitely be that much more lethal next year.

    Really can’t wait until the fall so the Bucs can do it again!

  19. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says: “Brady & Gronk bring millions of fans along with them, I’m sure.”

    Yes they do, and they bring so many Fans with them that the Super Bowl was watched by more fans in New England, then Tampa Bay!
    That’s shocking, but true, I am sad to say.


    Chris@Apple… That’s true about NE fans, two reasons. This guy was here for 20 yrs when he left it was like your dog died. Second, what the hell else going to do in NE in the winter? We ain’t jet skiing!

  21. bucnut2 Says:

    Where’s El bucco realist? I haven’t seen him on here in quite a while. Looks like he went the way of NDOG. Perhaps both New Orleans fans now?

  22. 6throundpick Says:

    Many former New Englanders now reside in FLA…like Gronk and TB12. Of course, this makes it even easier to route for the home team. Go Bucs!

  23. adam from ny Says:

    …the wall…&…the crunkmeister…best of buds…

  24. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    I can totally hear him giggling while flattening a guy.

  25. Brandon Says:

    Bird Says:
    February 20th, 2021 at 11:28 am
    Gronk “is so cool”
    He sounds dumber then…


    The word is “than”, smart guy.