It felt like only a few moments after the Super Bowl ended last week before FOX shifted gears, drawing the remaining audience from the NFL’s big game directly into another big event: the third season premiere of The Masked Singer. Within a few moments, a very tall costumed figured, dressed as a White Tiger and referred to as such, appeared on screen, rapping Vanilla Ice’s seminal hip-hop classic “Ice Ice Baby.” Sitting next to me, my friend, lucky enough to have never seen this show before, said in an exasperated deadpan: “I mean, that’s obviously Gronk.” It took me a second to comprehend that yes, the White Tiger on The Masked Singer is, indeed, obviously Rob Gronkowski.
Let’s think about the obvious for a second. As you can see in the below clip, the White Tiger towers over Nick Cannon, listed on IMDB at 6’0”. Not a ton of celebrities would be capable of doing that—except, you know, a 6’6” future-Hall of Famer.
It’s not that it’s particularly surprising. The Masked Singer‘s panel—made up on the post-Super Bowl show of regular judges Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger, along with special guest Jamie Foxx—guessed Gronk among their batch of prognostications (which also included Michael Strahan, John Cena, and Jason Momoa). But, again, let’s be clear: it’s obviously Gronk.
Even the song itself—is there a more Gronk song than “Ice Ice Baby”? Probably not.
White tiger is totally GRONK — check out those moves!! 🕺🏻#TheMaskedSinger pic.twitter.com/YyKyilaubv
#MaskedSinger yo White Tiger is Rob Gronkowski lmaooo he even said let’s party
Masked Singer white tiger is so unbelievably obviously Gronk and he hasn’t even sang yet.
The white tiger is Gronk. Easy. Four score and seven years ago is his jersey number. #themasksinger
Well, maybe I spoke too soon, because the only song more positively Gronk than “Ice Ice Baby” is probably “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and that’s what the White Tiger performed on The Masked Singer‘s second episode, only a few days later.
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Not only is “Good Vibrations” the kind of throwback, fratboy rap that the former Patriots star would obviously love, but Mark Wahlberg is a huge Patriots fan. The connection is obvious.
If you need a quick reminder of what Rob Gronkowski did before he was a Masked Singer standout, he played nine seasons for the New England Patriots, winning three Super Bowls. He made five Pro Bowls, was a four-time First-Team All-Pro, and is considered by many to be the best Tight End in NFL history. When his time comes, he’s going to leisurely walk (and possibly dance) into the hall of fame.
Only barely a year out, his post-football career has sure been something, huh? He’s lost a ton of weight, endorsed a CBD product, and now looks like he’s having a blast rapping and dancing along to some old rap music under a giant demented costume. The joys of early retirement!
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