Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been out of football for some time, but getting back into it in another climate is a an adjustment itself. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians acknowledges the challenges the heat is adding to the first few padded practices.
If you've ever been in Florida in the summer (or even if you haven't), you know that the heat is brutal. I couldn't imagine sitting outside without being within reach of either an air conditioning unit or a pool, let alone play football.
The good news for Gronk is that the season is close, and most of the country will be getting cooler soon. The bad news -- Florida stays warm for a while, and they play home games there. Do the math. For the record, I don't think this will have too much of an effect on Gronk's ability to be successful in Tampa, it'll just take some getting used to.
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