Born on May 14, 1989, Robert James Gronkowski is an American football tight end. He plays at the National Football League (NFL) representing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has previously played nine seasons for the New England Patriots. Nicknamed "the Gronk”, he has won the Super Bowl four-times (XLIX, LI, LIII, LV). Gronkowsk also has a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and a four-time First Team All-Pro selection to his name. He was also named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team and NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Gronkowski has won several awards while playing college football at the University of Arizona. He was named a Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American. Although he had only played two collegiate seasons, his 18.8 yards per reception average and 1,197 receiving yards were a team record for his position. He was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by The Patriots with the 42nd pick, after missing his junior year due to back surgery.
He is widely known for being a skilled receiver and a talented blocker. Gronkowski has set several NFL records, He led the league in receiving touchdowns (17 in 2011) making him the first player of his position to achieve this feat. He is the only tight end in NFL history to reach 1,000 or more yards in the playoffs, and also having the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end (1,163). In the history of the Super Bowl, he has the most career postseason receiving touchdowns for his position with 14, as well as the most combined receptions (23) and receiving yards (297) by a tight end till date. 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.
With a larger-than-life personality, both on and off the field, Gronkowski is one of American football's most popular players. He is regarded as one of his era's best players, by many sports analysts, writers, and peers and the greatest tight end to ever play the game, given his numerous accomplishments and accolades.
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