Gronk’s HS Basketball Coach Said He Once Intentionally Missed Free Throw To Keep Score At 69


Numerous stories about Rob Gronkwoski have surfaced over the years depicting the man who we think of today as Gronk, but none may be better than this.

Chuck Swierski, the Patriots tight end’s high school basketball coach sat down with Mark Dondero of for an interview about Gronk’s time at Williamsville North High School and told this gem of a story –

“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. So he (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.”



Clearly, not much has changed:

(The Score,