(Robert) James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed “Gronk”, is a former American Football tight end, and football analyst for Fox Sports. He played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) until his retirement in March 2019. He is a three-time super bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII), a five-time pro bowl selection, four-time first-team AII- Pro selection, and was the highest-ranked tight end in the annual NFL Top 100 Players five times.
Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American. 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.
|Born||14 May 1989 (age 30) Amherst, New York|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight||268 lb (122 Kg)|
|NFL Draft||2010 / Round: 2/ Pick: 42|
Notable for being a skilled receiver and talented blocker, Gronkowski has set several NFL records, including being the only one of his position to ever 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 the NFL history to reach 1,000 or more yards. He has the most career postseason receiving touchdowns for his position with 12, 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.
(Robert) James 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 not only as one of his era’s best players, but the greatest tight end to ever play the game.
(Robert) James Gronkowski was born in Amherst and was later raised in Williamsville. He is the second youngest son of Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters and is of Polish descent. His father is a former college football guard who later founded a high-end fitness equipment business. He is the great-grandson of Ignatius Gronkowski, who represented the United States in Cycling at Summer Olympics in Paris, France in 1924 and held five world records. Gronkowski’s parents divorced in 2008. His four brothers Gordi, Dan, Chris, and Glenn– all played collegiate sports and later played professionally.
(Robert) James Gronkowski played hockey until he was 14; after that, he started playing basketball. He attended Williamsville North High School playing tight end and defensive end, center in basketball, and first baseman in baseball for the Spartans athletic team. As a junior playing football, he recorded 36 receptions for 648 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, and 73 tackles and six sacks on defense. He was named an All-Western New York first team and all-state second-team player.
(Robert) James Gronkowski missed the first three games of the 2008 season but later recorded 47 receptions for 672 yards and a team-best ten touchdowns. Five of his touchdowns were scored in his first two games against UCLA and Washington. He was twice named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week, including his performance in a failed comeback bid against Oregon, when he caught 12 passes for 143 yards. He set the school records for a tight end for single-game, single-season, and career receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Gronkowski was named an Associated Press third-team All-American and All-Pac-10 first-team tight end.
Prior to the 2009 season, Gronkowski was placed on the watchlist for the Lombardi Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding college football lineman or linebacker. He missed his junior season in 2009 due to back surgery, which caused his draft stock to fall.
- Only tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (2011)
- Most touchdowns receptions by a tight end, season: 17 (2011)
- Most total touchdowns by a tight end, season: 18 (2011)
- The youngest player with 3 touchdown receptions in a game: 21 years, 184 days (2010, vs. Pittsburg steelers)
- Most offensive touchdowns in first two seasons: 28 (tied with Randy Moss)
- Most seasons with 10+ touchdowns by a tight end: 5 (2010-12, 2014-15)
- Most career average receiving yards per game average among tight ends: 0.69
- Most yards per target average among tight ends:9.9 (since 1992)
- First tight end to have three seasons with 10+ touchdowns and 1,000+ receiving yards (2011, 2014-15)
- Consecutive seasons with 10+ touchdowns by a tight end: 3 (2010-12)
- Most seasons of 1,000+ yards receiving by a tight end: 4 (tied with Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten)
- Most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history: 23
- Most receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl history: 297
- Most career postseason receiving touchdowns by a tight end: 12
- First tight end with 1,000+ career postseason receiving yards.
- Most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end: 1,163
- The youngest player with 3 touchdown receptions in a game, playoffs: 22 years, 275 days (2011 playoffs, vs. Denver Broncos)
Patriot Franchise Records:
- Most career touchdown receptions: 79
- Most games with multiple touchdowns: 16
- Most games with 100+ receiving yards by a tight end: 26
- Highest receiving yards per game average for a tight end (season): 82.9 (2011)
- Youngest patriot with 3 touchdown receptions in a game: 21 years, 214 days (2010, vs. Pittsburg Steelers)
- Youngest Patriot with 3 touchdown receptions in a playoff game: 22 years, 275 days(2011 playoffs, vs. Denver Broncos).
In July 2015, Gronkowski co-wrote a memoir entitled
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