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Tom Brady stays in game to help teammate earn an extra $500K

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady played extra minutes on Sunday to ensure his longtime teammate earned his bonus.
  • “If I don’t get the seventh catch, I have to go get a real job,” Gronkowski said.
  • Gronkowski subsequently left Brady off the invite list for dinner after the game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady played extra minutes on Sunday to ensure his longtime teammate and friend Rob Gronkowski earned a $500,000 performance bonus.  

“If I don’t get the seventh catch, I have to go get a real job,” video footage posted by the NFL on Twitter shows Gronkowski telling Buccaneers after informing Brady he needed “one more.”  

“One more catch,” Brady asked.  

For the Win reported that Gronkowski entered Tampa Bay’s game against the Carolina Panthers needing seven catches and 85 receiving yards to unlock $1 million in bonuses, and late in the fourth quarter, he only needed one catch.  

After the pair’s connection, Gronkowski thanked Brady before dancing in celebrating with teammates on the sideline for earning his extra million.  

Gronkowski reportedly took some of the team out for dinner after their victory, but Brady was excluded. 


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“I don’t know, man. That’s OK. I know what he eats. Let’s just say it’s not along the guidelines of TB12 so he can have his dinner without me,” Brady reportedly said on his podcast on Monday.  

“Gronk can have his dinner with all his tight ends. I’m going out with the o-linemen. Sorry, Gronk, I’m going to miss you. Just make sure you’re not out too late,” he added. 


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