For those fans that have thought Rob Gronkowski, the spiking machine of the New England Patriots, is some kind of animated creation, the truth is out there.
Gronk has taken his cartoonish antics to the real world of anime where the line between living in color and being colorized has become a staple of Nickolodeon TV.
For its pint-sized fans, the NFL is sponsoring cartoon show. For its pint-sized brainiacs who dress up to go to games, the idea of being an NFL cartoon that lives and breathes comes from yesteryear.
Taking on the notorious villain Drop Kick in movietime animation, the Gronk seems well matched-but in life around Foxboro the real Gronk is far more heroic, larger than life, and more colorful.
Seeing our Gronk made into a two-dimensional piece of pencil art via computer joysticks seems to make him less of a giant superhero.
The closest Boston athlete to trying to steal the crown of animated living from Gronk is Rajon Rondo.
Rajon Rondo has now matched Rob Gronkowski with his linguistic excess. Gronk merely said, "Yo soy fiesta." It took Rondo to come up with "Yo soy siesta" during his two-game suspension spent in Mexico with one of the local cartels.
If the Nicktoon version of Gronk gives us any feeling, it is that Gronk should be a weekly feature, like George Jetson and Fred Flintstone rolled into one cartoon series role. To really make it on the small screen, Gronk must be more like Scoobie-Doo and less like Clark Kent.
Like wrestlemania, the NFL has reached out to create some kind of hybrid world of athletes and fiction. It used to be the Twilight Zone. Now it's Nicktoons to the rescue.