INDIANAPOLIS -- It's the classic question of whether having a famous last name is a benefit or a burden.
But according to Kansas State fullback and Combine prospect Glenn Gronkowksi growing up in the shadow of Patriots tight end brother Rob and the rest of his notable family is not something he'd ever regret.
"Growing up you learn so many lessons from them," Gronkowski said at his Combine meeting with the media. "Just being young and watching them go through all that hard work, all that preparation it just makes a huge impact on you when you are little like that. Seeing it first hand and being able to learn from that and to know what you have to do to make it.
"I don't mind it at all. All my brothers, they deserve all the respect they get from everybody. I've seen all the hard work they put in first hand. The deserve everything they got. I love being a part of the family and all that. I can't complain about it."
The youngest Gronkowski -- who's never actually gotten the chance to play with any of his brothers at any level and admitted it would be a dream come true to land in New England -- acknowledged that he gets a lot of questions about Rob's personality and lifestyle.
"He's crazy, obviously," he said. "He loves to have fun. But I'm probably not as much fun as him. That's kind of hard to beat. But I think it definitely comes with the family. It's fun, though."
Gronkowski has also been asked a lot in recent days about his brother's party cruise that took place last weekend and has gotten a ton of attention for a variety of reasons.
"I was not on the cruise, unfortunately. I've seen some pretty fun videos," Gronkowski said with a smile. "I've actually be asked about the cruise about 50 times since I've gotten here. By everybody."
The fullback did a nice job staying out of the fray of discussion in various media outlets as to whether his partying brother is treated with a double-standard in terms of his lifestyle. Those debates miss the fact that the best tight end in the game has never had an off-field issue and produces on the field like almost no other in the game today under the confines of Bill Belichick's non-nonsense program in New England.
"I don't even know what that means," Gronkowski responded with a perfect response. "I have no idea."
While the "Little Gronk" harbors no resentment for his name or his brother's shadow that he lives in, the fullback is clear that he wants to make a name for himself this week in Indy and moving forward into his NFL career.
"That's the goal. I obviously want to come out here and do the best I can in everything," Gronkowski concluded. "Hopefully make a team. Hopefully help a team win. Show what I can do and become my own player."
But down deep, he'll always be a true Gronkowski at heart. And proud to be one.