By now, most WWE fans are well aware of the friendship between Mojo Rawley and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. The two have known each other since they were in high school and Rawley also played college football with two other Gronks, Rob's older brothers.
Gronk helped out his friend at WrestleMania 33 by delivering a shoulder block to Jinder Mahal, but it turns out Gronk's family helped Rawley long before to get into the wrestling business. Daddy Gronk, Gordie Gronkowski Sr., was once a college roommate of Mike Rotunda, better known as Irwin R. Schyster (IRS). Rotunda works as a road agent with WWE and Gordie Gronkowski put in a call to his former roommate about Rawley who had just been cut from the NFL.
"They knew how much of a fan I was, and made the phone calls," Rawley said to ABC 15.
"That was it. The rest was history... I left the NFL to come here, and I couldn’t be happier about it."
Rawley would join NXT in 2012 and joined the main roster in 2016. He made his WrestleMania debut a year later and claimed the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy. He then got to celebrate in the ring with Gronk and rumor has it that Gronkowski could be making the move to WWE one day.
Rawley was asked about his best friend possibly retiring from the NFL and trading in the gridiron for the squared circle.
"In my opinion and a lot of others, he’s the greatest tight end to ever play the game. You take all those assets and just raw abilities that you have and you bring that here, it’s kind of a recipe for success one way or another," Rawley said.
"He has a lot on his plate right now. Whether an appearance here in the WWE again comes at Wrestlemania, or whether it comes to a Wrestlemania five years from now, I’m sure at some point you’re going to see him in a ring again."
If Gronk does decide to trade in his cleats for a pair of boots, he won't have to rely on his dad to reach out to Rotunda. His best friend would surely advocate to the higher-ups within WWE and we're positive that there would be just as much interest from WWE's side to welcome Gronk into the fold.