Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski
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Gronkowski with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021
No. 87 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1989-05-14) May 14, 1989 (age 31)
Amherst, New York
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Williamsville North High School Williamsville, New York Woodland Hills
(Churchill, Pennsylvania)
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receiving yards:8,484
Receiving touchdowns:86
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Robert James Gronkowski[1] (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously played nine seasons for the New England Patriots. He is a four-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII, LV), a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and a four-time First Team All-Pro selection, and was selected in the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team and NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Freshman All-American. Despite only playing two collegiate seasons, his 18.8 yards per reception average and 1,197 receiving yards were a team record for his position. The Patriots drafted Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 42nd pick, after missing his junior year due to back surgery.

Notable for being a skilled receiver and talented blocker, Gronkowski has set several NFL records, including being the first player of his position to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (17 in 2011). He also has the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end (1,163) – the only tight end in NFL history to reach 1,000 or more yards in the playoffs. He has the most career postseason receiving touchdowns for his position with 14 to date, as well as the most combined receptions (23) and receiving yards (297) by a tight end in Super Bowl history. He is ranked first in average receiving yards per game (68.3), average yards per target (9.9), and average touchdowns per game (0.69) among tight ends.[2]

Gronkowski is one of football's most popular players, with a larger-than-life personality on and off the field. With his numerous accomplishments and accolades, he is regarded by many sports analysts, writers, and peers as one of his era's best players, and the greatest tight end to ever play the game.[3]

  1. ^ "Pardon My Take" (Podcast). iHeartRadio. March 2, 2020. Event occurs at 50:42. [It's] Robert James
  2. ^ Albert, Darryn (March 24, 2019). "This stat shows why Rob Gronkowski is retiring at the perfect time". Larry Brown Sports. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "NFL: Breaking Down How Gronk Proved He was the GOAT Tight End in SB LV (Baldy Breakdowns)". NFL YouTube. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
       Schwab, Frank. "Here's why Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in NFL history". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
       Rob Gronkowski edges Tony Gonzalez as best tight end ever in PFT draft, March 25, 2019, retrieved March 25, 2019
       "Opinion: Patriots' Rob Gronkowski retires as greatest tight end in NFL history". USA TODAY. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
       "Shannon Sharpe: Rob Gronkowski is retiring as the most dominant tight end ever". YouTube.
       Baldinger, Brian. "The best TE (tight end) we've seen, ever". NFL.
       "What's Rob Gronkowski's legacy if this is truly the end?". February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019. ...he’ll obviously go down as the best tight end to ever play in the NFL...
       Bayless, Skip (April 22, 2020). "GOAT Gronk, the greatest TE ever". @RealSkipBayless. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
       January 28, Chase Stuart on; Checkdowns, 2019 in (January 28, 2019). "Which Patriots Will Join Brady and Belichick In The Hall of Fame?". Retrieved February 19, 2019. ...the best tight end of all time at his peak...
       "Jamal Adams: An absolute honor to line up and compete against the greatest Tight End ever! Congratulations to a true professional on an amazing career!". @TheAdamsEra.
       Schrager, Peter (February 4, 2019). "If Gronk's last game was last night, I'll see you in five years in Canton (for Pro Football Hall of Fame). First ballot guy". @gmfb. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Allbright, Benjamin (February 13, 2019). "Gronkowski is a stone cold lock first ballot HoF (Hall of Fame)". @AllbrightNFL. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Kleiman, Dov (February 14, 2019). "...the best player ever in his position, who also happened to win 3 Superbowls..." @NFL_DovKleiman. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Chatham, Matt (February 14, 2019). "Gronk is the best that's ever played TE—it's not even close". @chatham58. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Kellerman, Max (February 3, 2019). "#Gronk is the greatest TE of all time. #SBLlll". @maxkellerman. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Sikkema, Trevor (February 13, 2019). "Gronkowski is the greatest tight end to ever play the game". @TampaBayTre. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Freeman, Mike (February 13, 2019). "He's the best TE of all time". @mikefreemanNFL. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Kostos, Nick (February 13, 2019). "Gronk is the best TE ever". @TheKostos. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Rogers, Connor (February 13, 2019). "...literally the greatest TE of all time". @ConnorJRogers. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       Dameshek, Dave (December 18, 2017). "One thing that's beyond dispute: Gronk's the best to ever play his position". @Dameshek. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
       "Hall Of Fame Hypocrisy Continues With New Rob Gronkowski First-Ballot Debate". February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2019. There’s been no more dominant tight end in the history of the sport.