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Rob Gronkowski Missed Free Throw On Purpose In High School To Keep Score At 69

Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Bethesda Softworks

Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Bethesda Softworks

As everybody knows, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski absolutely loves making 69 jokes. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a quick refresher on his passion for the dual oral sex position.

I’m also certain that his favorite part of Billy Madison is when Veronica Vaughn asks the class to turn to page 69.

Now that we’re all aware of Gronk’s present day feelings about 69ing, a recent article revealed an interesting tidbit about his high school basketball days. Gronk spent his senior year at Woodland Hills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but it’s what he did at Williamsville North in Buffalo, New York that has the internet buzzing.

Every super hero needs an origin story, and via NESN, this might be the genesis of Gronk becoming a 69 legend.

“So we’re playing a home game and we have 68 points — now, it’s not a blowout, but it’s not a particularly close game either,” Gronkowski’s basketball coach, Chuck Swierski, told Mark Dondero in a feature for

“So (Gronkowski) gets fouled and goes to the free-throw line. He hits the first one to get us to 69 and the place goes nuts because he’s playing into it. On his next free throw, he purposely chucks the ball off the backboard and misses so the score would stay at 69 and then runs back on defense pointing at the scoreboard.”

I hate the Patriots with every fiber of my being, but that is a fantastic story. I would’ve done anything to pull off a stunt like that in high school. Just a hilarious power move for the ages.

Say what you will about Gronk, but he always stays true to himself. Here’s his senior year bio to really drive home that he is a man of simple pleasures.

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