Rob Gronkowski very complimentary of Travis Kelce ahead of what could be final meeting between two greats

Ryan Hannable
January 17, 2019 - 6:03 pm

FOXBORO -- Sunday potentially could be the last game between Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce, as the Patriots tight end will reportedly contemplate retirement again after this season.

These are two of the best tight ends in the game now, and speaking Thursday Gronkowski had a ton of praise for Kelce.

"He’s a very excellent player," he said. "The way he can move, the savviness he has is second to none. The way he can go up on a defender and plant one way and go the other, his size, his speed; that’s what makes tight ends special in this league, a top tight end special, is when they can plant, go the other way at our size, with his speed and stuff like that. He’s a great player. You’ve got to give it to him and it’s going to be fun to watch."

Added Gronkowski: "I know he competes, competes hard, competes every play, competes every game and that’s all you can ask for. That’s what I do too, so you’ve just got to go out there and play your best ball."

In the regular season, Kelce had 103 receptions for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 games played.

Speaking to reporters in Kansas City earlier in the week, Kelce had some kind words about Gronkowski as well.

“I cherish every game I get to go up against the elite tight ends,” Kelce said. “Last year against [Zach] Ertz in I think it was like the second game of the year, every chance I’ve had to go against Gronk, even when we played in Dallas last year against Jason Witten, the list goes on. I think it’s definitely one of the games that I’ll cherish and I’ll remember forever when we get to go up against each other.”

Even though Gronkowski isn't the same player as he once was, it still will be fun to watch these two greats Sunday night in Kansas City.

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