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Despite being one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he lives an “easy” and “normal” life. Gronk is famously frugal and claims he has never treated himself to a guilty pleasure — until now.
While appearing on the internet show Kneading Dough, the 6′ 6″ 265-pound powerhouse gushed about his very first luxury purchase — a diamond-studded necklace.
“I love this puppy,” he said with a giddy grin.
During the 10-minute interview, the 29-year-old Gronkowski spoke about his life experiences as they relate to finance. When host Maverick Carter asked the five-time Pro Bowl tight end to dish about his guilty pleasures, Gronkowski told the story about how he used his incentive bonuses to justify a purchase of a very special piece of jewelry.
“When I signed my incentive deal last year, my friend had a chain, and I was like, ‘Dang, man, that’s a nice chain.’ I’ve never had jewelry in my life,” Gronkowski admitted. “He let me wear it last year at a party, and I was like ‘Dang.’”
Carter asked him how the jewelry made him feel.
“It made me feel good,” said the two-time Super Bowl champ. “So then in the back of my head, I said if I hit all my incentives, if I do everything I need to do, get all my bonuses, put all the work in, I gotta finally treat myself.”
He explained that for the previous eight years (during which he earned more than $44 million), he had never purchased a luxury item.
“So last week, I finally went out and bought myself a chain,” he beamed.
“Is that the one you’ve got on?” asked Carter. “Let’s see it.”
At this point of the interview, Gronkowski pulled out a diamond line necklace that had been mostly hidden by his T-shirt.
“It’s right here, baby,” he said, as he showed off his scintillating new bling to the studio audience. “I finally got one, and I love this puppy.”
“It looks good, too,” added Carter.
“This is my first thing I’ve ever gotten, and I love it. It feels good,” Gronkowski said. “Now I know why people got jewelry. Now I understand why.”
The internet show Kneading Dough is sponsored by Chase and is produced by LeBron James’ video company UNINTERRUPTED. See the full video, below. The jewelry conversation starts at the five-minute mark.
Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com/UNINTERRUPTED.
Cheryl Burchell Goldsmiths