Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski came very close to jumping on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and leaving the New England Patriots for the Las Vegas Raiders, according to UFC President Dana White.
And it’s not just a fairy tale that ‘Uncle Dana’ was telling to boost his footballing credibility. Gronkowski brought up the whole story and gave White the go-ahead to tell it on his new ESPN Plus show, “With The Gronks.”
“I worked to put this deal in place for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders,” White said. “And it was almost done. And at the last minute [Jon] Gruden blew the case and said he didn’t want it. And all hell broke loose, man. It was crazy. And Brady was already looking at houses. It was not yet said that Gronk was coming. So Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal.
That makes sense considering the Raiders officially left Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020, when Brady bid farewell to the Patriots after nearly 20 years with the team.
The Raiders could have embarked on their journey to a whole new city and stadium with the greatest quarterback and tight end to ever play in the game. Who wouldn’t want that?
Gruden, apparently, at least according to White.
“With The Gronks” is an alternative commentary show featuring Rob Gronkowski and his family commenting on UFC events. Those who watch Monday Night Football’s “Manningcast” will feel right at home with the format.
But you can rest assured that more people will tune in if the show is going to drop major bombshells like this.
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The story originally appeared on Patriots Wire