Midway through the third quarter of the New England Patriots’ 27-16 runaway victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7, tight end Rob Gronkowski burst past the Steelers defense to catch a 36-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Tom Brady.
The score was Gronkowski’s 68th-career touchdown as a Patriot, tying Stanley Morgan’s franchise record.
In his Thursday morning press conference in advance of the Patriots clash with their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills, Gronkowski appeared unfocused on breaking the team’s franchise record, however.
Gronk on breaking the TD record: "That's the last thing I'm thinking about right now."
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 27, 2016
Perhaps the record is the last thing on Gronkowski’s mind because he knows he’ll eventually break the record this season. Besides, he’s already expressed he’s well aware of the record and the statistic.
Following his 68th score last Sunday, Gronkowski told reporters:
Gronk on his franchise record-tying 68th touchdown: "One more and I got 69 touchdowns, if you know what I mean." Seriously.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) October 24, 2016
Rob Gronkowski remains Rob Gronkowski.