Rob Gronkowski surprises Alabama incoming freshman with national award
Kool-Aid McKinstry, an incoming freshman at Alabama, received a big-time surprise and perhaps highlight of his life on Thursday morning when NFL great Rob Gronkowski surprised him on CBS This Morning.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end told McKinstry that he won the USA Today High School Sports Award for Male Athlete of the Year. Gronkowski passed along well wishes from his teammate and former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard.
“I’m very excited, I’m honored to get the award from you and thankful to get the award from you,” McKinstry said.
Gronkowski said he and Michael Strahan will host the High School Sports Awards, which airs tonight on USAToday.com. Gronkowski told McKinstry to keep working hard, listen to the coaches and be a team player. McKinstry shared that he plays withe Bucs on Madden and to have Gronkowski present him the award means a lot to him.
“I’m just looking forward to helping the team, and doing whatever I can to help the team out, and on the basketball side, same thing, I just want to do what I can do to help the team,” he said.
SURPRISE: Watch the moment NFL Star @RobGronkowski surprises Alabama football player @GaQMcK1 with a @USAToday High School Sports Award for Male Athlete of the Year #USATODAYHSSA @hssportsawards https://t.co/FLfw2kbngz pic.twitter.com/6c6kajrXqT
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 5, 2021