Robert James Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end, a football analyst for Fox Sports. He played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League until his retirement in March 2019, he is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time First Team All-Pro selection, was selected in the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Rivals.com 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 only one of his position to lead the league in receiving touchdowns in 2011.
He has the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end – the only tight end in 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 and receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl history, he is ranked first in average receiving yards per game, average yards per target, average touchdowns per game among tight ends. 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 and peers not only as one of his era's best players, but the greatest tight end to play the game. Gronkowski was born in Amherst, New York, on May 14, 1989, was raised in Williamsville, he is the second youngest son of Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters, is of Polish descent through his father. His father is a former college football guard for Syracuse University who founded a high-end fitness equipment business.
He is a great-grandson of Ignatius Gronkowski who represented the United States in cycling at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and held five world records in the sport. Gronkowski's parents divorced in 2008, his four brothers – Gordie, Dan and Glenn – all played collegiate sports, played professionally. Gronkowski played hockey until he was 14, he attended Williamsville North High School for three years, playing tight end and defensive end, center in basketball, first baseman in baseball for the Spartans athletic teams. As a junior playing football, he recorded 36 receptions for 648 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, 73 tackles and six sacks on defense, he was named an All-Western New York first-team and All-State second-team player. Academically, Gronkowski was in the National Honor Society, citing math as his best subject, English the worst. In 2006, Gronkowski moved to suburban Pittsburgh, where he attended Woodland Hills High School as a senior. Ruled ineligible by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League because of his transfer, he recorded eight receptions for 152 yards and four touchdowns at Woodland Hills after the ruling of ineligibility was overturned.
He was named a SuperPrep All-American, PrepStar All-American, Associated Press Class 4-A all-state, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first-team all-conference, The Patriot-News "Platinum 33", a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" player. He was recruited by Kentucky, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio State, Syracuse. Gronkowski graduated from high school with a 3.75 1560 SAT score. After graduating from high school, Gronkowski attended the University of Arizona as a Pre-Business major and played for the Arizona Wildcats football team from 2007 to 2009 under head coach Mike Stoops; as a freshman in 2007, he recorded 28 receptions for six touchdowns. His 18.8 yards per reception average was the best on the team and his receiving yards were a school record for a tight end. He was named The Sporting News freshman All-American, Rivals.com freshman All-American, The Sporting News freshman Pac-10, All-Pac-10 honorable mention player. Gronkowski missed the first three games of the 2008 season, but recorded 47 receptions for 672 yards and a team-best ten touchdowns.
Five of his touchdowns were scored in his first two games against 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, career receptions 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, awarded to the most outstanding college football lineman or linebacker, he missed his junior season in 2009 due to back surgery. Gronkowski was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, after a draft day trade with the Oakland Raiders, he signed a four-year contract on July 25, 2010. The deal was worth $4.4 million, with a $1.76 million signing bonus. During
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