What a difference it would have made for The Las Vegas Raiders if Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski ended up wearing the Silver & Black! Well guess what, according to an article published in The Washington Post, it almost happened and you might be surprised at who was at the center of it all.
According to UFC President Dana White, as told on the “UFC with The Gronks” broadcast for UFC 278, Dana said that he almost had the deal done, but former Raider head coach Jon Gruden nixed the deal at the last minute. In fact, it’s reported that Brady was already looking at houses in Las Vegas Valley knowing that it was almost a sure thing he would be playing at Allegiant Stadium on Sundays.
On the other hand, Gronk wasn’t a done deal reportedly, but you figure if we had gotten Tom Brady, Gronk was sure to follow. So to put all this into perspective, this was the year that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl…now just think about that. New season, high expectations and the Las Vegas Raiders could have had Tom “Terrific” and Rob Gronkowski…not saying, but we think the NFL season could have ended up very different for both teams.
Not to mention the price of tickets, the sale of Raider jersey’s sporting the number “12”…can you imagine how this city would have reacted? And of all people to bring this together, Dana White! Of course being from the New England area, it’s no wonder that Dana would want a guy like Brady right in his backyard every Sunday and having Gronk wouldn’t of hurt the chances of another Super Bowl trophy in the case at Allegiant Stadium.
For whatever reason then coach Jon Gruden balked at the chance of have these two players on the team, one can only speculate…but how many Raider fans would have loved the chance to see what could have been had it actually happened? On the other hand, Gronkowski said that he’s glad it worked out the way it did!
Oh well, at 3-0 right now in the pre-season, our team looks pretty good, so let’s see what happens this year!
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