"People forget Hernandez was actually better than Gronk" - NFL fans dismiss claims of Rob Gronkowski being the best TE in NFL history

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Many consider Rob Gronkowski to be the greatest tight end to ever play in the NFL. He has checked all the necessary boxes to be considered a potential Hall of Famer. He is currently a free agent after spending the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl.

Despite his impressive resume, which includes four Super Bowl rings, four-time All-Pro selections and a nomination to the 2010 All-Decade Team, there are still some fans who think Gronkowski isn't the best tight end in history.


Twitter account, NFL Trends, put these convictions to the test by asking followers if Gronkowski is the best tight end in NFL history. One fan surprisingly wrote that Aaron Hernandez was better. His 175 career receptions for 1956 yards, averaging 11.2 yards per catch, certainly makes him a noteworthy player.

"People forget Hernandez was actually better than gronk."
@TrendsNfl People forget Hernandez was actually better than gronk 👀

A fan named Eddie threw his weight behinf Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce, who has had six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

@StephenLennon6 @TrendsNfl Kelce 6 straight 1000 yard seasons? Nobody does it like Travis.

The NFL Rumors account said former Chief Tony Gonzalez was the best.

@TrendsNfl It's Tony Gonzalez for me.
@TrendsNfl The better question or debate is who is #2 behind Gronk.

A fan named Allen said that Gronkowski is the second-best tight end ever.

A fan named Doug backed Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten.

@TrendsNfl I say it's Witten & Witten alone. For me, to be considered the best TE you have to BLOCK which Gronk does - he's a beast, but greatness has to also include consistency & fair or not, availability. As for Gonzalez I think I MAY have seen him play patty cake with a defender once.

One fan didn't even have Gronkowski in the top three.

@TrendsNfl @nflrums You ask the question like you have recency bias or long term memory loss…. Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Travis Kelsey….etc

A fan named Steven said two-time Super Bowl winner, Mark Bavaro, was a beast.

@TrendsNfl @nflrums He may not have the gaudy numbers that some have had in today’s pass first NFL but Mark Bavaro was a beast.

One fan wrote that Shannon Sharpe is the greatest tight end of all time. A valid claim, considering the Hall of Famer won three Super Bowls on his way to becoming the all-time reception leader with 815 catches. He ultimately totaled 10,060 receiving yards and 62 receiving touchdowns.

Will Rob Gronkowski play in 2022?

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Philadelphia Eagles v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Philadelphia Eagles v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The superstar tight end is currently a free agent. The 33-year-old finished the 2021-22 season with 55 catches, 802 receiving yards, and six touchdowns.

The tight end has been coy on a potential return and given that he is not present at mini camps, fans may have seen the last of Gronkowski. He is clearly only interested in playing with Tom Brady, so any return would likely be with the Buccaneers.


The future Hall of Famer has nothing left to prove and might will finally decide to ride off into the sunset and make retirement stick this time around. He previously retired in 2019, only to make a return and join Brady and the Buccaneers.

Will we ever see the tight end on the field again? We will have to wait and see.

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