Guess what? You guessed it, another comment from the infamous marketing guru himself, LaVar Ball.
What did Big Baller do this time? He told an ESPN Cleveland radio show that in his “heyday” he was a better tight end than the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, who is on track to being arguably the greatest of all time at the position.
Pump the brakes for a minute. First Ball can beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one and now he was a better football player than Gronk? Bold, bold statements, although Ball did play tight end professionally — in Europe.
In 1994, Ball left Long Beach City College to play in the NFL and was cut from the New York Jets practice squad a year later. He joined the London Monarchs for a season and then returned to the NFL for a two-month practice team stint with the Carolina Panthers.
Bleacher Report reported in March that a former teammate from the Monarchs, Kenny McEntyre, said Ball was a “garbage” football player.
“Man, he’s talking all that junk — and he was garbage,” McEntyre told Bleacher Report. “Personally, I think the most athletic people in the world are basketball players, and he actually wasn’t a bad athlete, to be honest with you. But he was no comparison to what his kids are — let’s just put it like that. He is the same guy that he was many years ago; he used to run his mouth all the time.”
Ball’s collegiate and London Monarchs stats are unknown. Meanwhile, Gronkowski is on pace for greatness and his NFL prowess speaks for itself.