June 10, 2023

The internet has been in a frenzy over the last few days over "Baby Gronk," a youth football player who has gone viral after meeting Olivia Dunne during a visit to LSU's campus.

What began as a fun, silly story has turned into something else entirely after a profile on "Baby Gronk" and his father by The Athletic.

Jake San Miguel, the father of "Baby Gronk", says that his son is on an intense training regimen to become an elite football player.

“He’s a real athlete. He’s not a normal kid,” San Miguel said of his ten-year-old son. “He has been trained and programmed since he was 6 years old.”

Some fans have compared the situation to that of failed NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich, who was also heavily trained for football success by his father at a young age.

Recently retired NFL star and future Hall of Famer J.J. Watt weighed in on the controversy after a fan asked for his opinion.

"I've always said...kids should play multiple sports and kids should be allowed to be kids," Watt tweeted on Friday. 

"I'm not against advanced leagues, better competition, etc. But no kid should be playing one sport all year & no kid should be training 'like a pro' until at least high school. They're kids."

Watt seems to agree that it's fine for "Baby Gronk" and his father to have dreams of football success, but the intense training, strict diet and singular focus on football can probably wait until he's a little older.