Ahead of his Super Bowl party down in Miami this weekend, former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to answer some questions, and the big focus was on the Giants' past, present and future.
Gronkowski won three Super Bowls with the Patriots over the course of his nine-year career in the NFL, but he experienced how it felt to lose a Super Bowl first, when New England lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI back in 2012.
After putting up 26 receiving yards on two catches, "the feeling of losing" is what stands out to Gronkowski when it comes to reminiscing about his first experience in the big game.
"Putting all that work in and losing that game, but it gave me that passion to want to get back there for sure," Gronkowski told Serby.
And "get back there" he did, winning Super Bowls XLIX, LI and LIII (plus falling in LII) before surprisingly retiring last offseason.
The seasoned veteran -- who knows how hard it is to win in this league -- also threw his hat into the ring on the Eli Manning Hall of Fame debate, which has come up a lot lately since the 16-year Giant called it a career earlier this month.
"Yes," Gronkowski said on if Manning should get into Canton. "To play that position for that long, and to have two Super Bowl championships, I think he should be definitely considered, if not in the Hall of Fame. And to play that long, it's just tremendous, 'cause it does take a lot of passion, a lot of ability to be able to keep on going year in year out, especially after Year 10, Year 12, just to keep it up at that high of a level."
As the Giants have moved on from Manning to Daniel Jones, so too have they moved on from Pat Shurmur, bringing in former Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge as their next head coach. Judge and Gronkowski shared the same sidelines for seven seasons, so it's safe to say Gronk knows what the Giants are getting in Judge.
"Joe Judge is a great guy. He's crazy, in a good way. … He doesn't take any s-t, which is good," Gronkowski said.
"I think he'll be a great head coach. I think he's gonna bring it, he's gonna bring the attitude that needs to be. It's (a) positive attitude, but it's also reinforcement of bringing it to the table."