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Former Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski makes donation to the Buffalo children’s hospital

Rob Gronkowski

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has made a donation to a Buffalo children’s hospital.

According to Bills Wire’s Kyle Silagyi (via Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams), Gronkowski donated $50,000 to Oishei Children’s Hospital last weekend. Gronkowski, an upstate New York native, told Silagyi on June 19 Buffalo accepts him more.

Now that I’m retired, Buffalo kind of accepts me a little bit more. We were out Saturday night, and they were all giving cheers at a charity event and everything.

It was cool to finally be accepted once again where I grew up, so I decided I’ll come back and start giving back now, all right?

Gronkowski also raved about Oishei Children’s Hospital, which replaced Buffalo Women & Children’s Hospital. He told Bills Wire he visited the latter hospital twice when he was growing up.

Apparently, the Buffalo Bills fans have warmed up to Gronkowski lately. They had an intense dislike for him when he played for the Patriots. His 69 receptions, 1,070 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns in 15 career games against the Bills serve as hard evidence. New England beat Buffalo 13 times in those 15 games, per Williams.

Gronkowski’s charitable acts continue during his retirement. According to Silagyi, he donated $25,000 to a Portland hospital last week. Williams also says the Gronk Nation Foundation donated $80,000 to Boston’s Children’s Hospital a few months ago.

Rob Gronkowski has been a great model. You can be sure these acts of generosity won’t be his last.