New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski raffles off Super Bowl tickets for Boston Children’s Hospital


Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is just five days away — and the biggest game of the year sparks the biggest hunt for tickets.

Prices on Ticketmaster and StubHub are starting out at $2,000 and topping well over $10,000, but luckily one of the biggest players in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski, is offering up two VIP tickets for the Big Game to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.

“Every sports fan needs to go to a Super Bowl at some point in their lives,” the Patriots star tight end exclusively told TheWrap.

To grant that wish to two fortunate fans, the former Super Bowl champ has launched the “Gronk Nation Big Game Raffle” to give away to win two SB LI tickets, a travel allowance to Houston (up to $3,000) and hotel stay for two nights.

“I have experienced the excitement of the Super Bowl as a player and spectator,” Gronkowski said.

“I’m pumped to be able to give somebody the chance to win the ultimate Super Bowl package and support a good cause at the same time.”

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While he won’t be playing on Sunday due to recent back surgery, the “Madden NFL 17” cover star will be on hand in Texas to cheer on teammates Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan as they hit the turf at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Gronk was one of the saviors during the Pats’ last Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks in February 2015, recording 6 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown late in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, Brady is aiming for his historic fifth Super Bowl ring (and ninth for the New England franchise) despite being suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season over the Deflategate scandal, but it was a young fan who asked who was TB12’s hero who really hit him hard during Super Bowl Opening Night Monday.

“That’s a great question,” Brady said. “Well, I think my Dad is my hero because he’s someone I look up to every day.”

He then began to choke up, despite the media circus going on around him, according to Fox Sports. “Yeah, my dad,” the father of three tearfully replied.

Gronkowski and his family have long been great supporters of Boston Children’s Hospital, volunteering and spending time with all the patients. Continuing their support, proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation and Boston Children’s Hospital.

RELATED: Key players and injuries for the New England Patriots

Key offensive players

Tom Brady, quarterback

As previously mentioned, Brady will be playing in his seventh Super Bowl, and is looking to become the most winning quarterback in NFL history. Despite being suspended for the first four games of the season, Brady still put up absurd numbers, including 28 touchdowns, only two interceptions and a 112.2 quarterback rating.

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LeGarrette Blount, running back

While the Patriots are not normally considered a running team, they have been able to move pile after pile with their running back. LeGarrette Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and 18 touchdowns. While he has not been quite as effective in the playoffs, Blount scored a touchdown in the Patriots’ victory over the Steelers in the AFC championship game.

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Julian Edelman, wide receiver

Brady’s go-to target in the Super Bowl will be Julian Edelman, the 5-foot-10 wide receiver. Edelman continues to be one of the most valuable receivers in the NFL. This season he caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. Expect Edelman to get a lot of work against the Falcons.

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Martellus Bennett, tight end

With Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, Martellus Bennett will continue to be the Patriots’ feature tight end. In his first season as a Patriot, Bennett had a solid, though unremarkable, year. Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season.

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Offensive line

The players who will be protecting Brady in the Super Bowl are the following: Nate Solder will start at left tackle; Joe Thuney will stand beside him at left guard; David Andrews will be snapping the ball from center; and Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon round out the offensive line at right guard and right tackle, respectively.

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Key offensive injuries

The New England Patriots’ injury report lists several players, though it is uncertain whether any of them will miss the Super Bowl. On the offensive side, Martellus Bennett, Chris Hogan, Brandon Bolden and Danny Amendola all left Wednesday’s practice due to injury. Gronkowski remains on injured reserve.

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Key defensive players

Defensive line

The players who will potentially be causing trouble for Ryan at the line include Chris Long (pictured) at left defensive end, Alan Branch and Malcolm Brown at defensive tackle and Trey Flowers at right defensive end. The four defensive linemen combined for 15.5 sacks this season.

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The New England Patriots’ starting linebackers, who will be counted on to clog up the middle of the field, are Shea McClellin, Rob Ninkovich (50) and Dont’a Hightower — more on Hightower soon.

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Defensive backs

The players who will have to do their best to slow down Ryan and Julio Jones are the Patriots’ defensive backs. They include Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler (pictured) at cornerback and Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty at safety. Eric Rowe and Justin Coleman will likely get plenty of work at corner as well.

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Key defensive injuries

The only defensive player of note on the Patriots’ injury report is Hightower, who left Wednesday’s practice with a shoulder injury. It is unclear whether the injury will impact his availability come game time

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Special teams

Stephen Gostkowski, kicker

The Patriots’ will rely on Stephen Gostkowski to kick the ball through the uprights. In the AFC championship game, Gostkowski set an all-time record with his 67th successful postseason extra point. While it is difficult to believe that the Super Bowl will be a low-scoring defensive matchup, should it be, Gostkowski could make or break the game.

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Click here to enter the raffle. Entries ranges from $10 to $3,000, five runners up will get signed Gronkowski 87 jerseys.

Super Bowl LI kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.5, and airs live on Fox.

(Editor’s note: The author of this post is a friend of the Gronkowskis, she’s not allowed to enter this raffle.)

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