CAREER TRANSACTIONSRob Gronkowski
was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,327 in 2011.
- Set the NFL all-time record for touchdowns by a tight end in a single season, finishing with 18 (17 receiving, 1 rushing) in 2011.
- Became the first tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons (2010-12).
- Named NFL All-Pro in 2011.
- Earned Pro Bowl selections in 2011 and 2012.
- Finished his rookie season with 10 receiving touchdowns, establishing a record for most touchdown catches by a tight end in Patriots history and most touchdown receptions by a Patriots rookie. Only Mike Ditka (12) had more touchdowns as a rookie tight end in NFL history than Gronkowski’s 10.
- Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team in 2010.
- His 15 100-yard receiving games and 50 touchdown receptions are the most by a tight end in Patriots history.
- Led the team in receiving with a career-high-tying nine catches for 105 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Denver (11/2)., extending his streak to 59 straight games with a reception. With the touchdown, he became the fastest tight end in NFL history to record 50 touchdown catches and moved into second place on the Patriots all-time touchdown list with 51 career scores. His 15 100-yard receiving games are the most by a tight end in team history.
- Tied career highs in receptions and touchdowns with nine catches for 149 yards and three scores in the win vs. Chicago (10/26), extending his streak to 58 straight games with a reception. His first-down catch percentage of 77.1 is third-highest among all active players and highest of any tight end.
- Caught five passes for 68 yards in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16).
- Caught seven passes for 94 yards in the win at Buffalo (10/12).
- Posted six catches for 100 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5).
- Posted two catches for 31 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo in the fourth quarter at Kansas City (9/29). He leads the NFL with an 18.8 touchdown percentage among players with at least 100 receptions and 15 touchdowns.
- Posted three catches for 44 yards and one touchdown in the win vs. Oakland (9/21).
- Posted four catches for 32 yards in the win at Minnesota (9/14).
- Played in the season opener at Miami (9/7), recording four receptions for 40 yards, including a six-yard touchdown catch from Tom Brady in the second quarter. With his 43rd career touchdown catch, he passed Gino Cappelletti for the fourth-most touchdown receptions in franchise history.
2012 (11/11, 1/1)
- Played in seven regular-season contests and made six starts. Caught 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns.
- Posted three 100-yard receiving games in 2013:
- Week 7 at N.Y. Jets (114)
- Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh (143)
- Week 13 at Hosuton (127)
- Missed all of training camp and was inactive for the first six games of the season with a back injury.
- Was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 9 after suffering a knee injury vs. Cleveland (12/8).
- Returned to action at N.Y. Jets (10/20) after missing the first six games of the season; started and led the team with a then regular-season career-high tying eight receptions for 114 yards. It was his 10th career 100-yard game, passing Ben Coates to set a new team record.
- Set a new career high with nine receptions and added to his team record with his 11th 100-yard receiving game as a tight end, with 143 yards vs. Pittsburgh (11/3). Also caught his 39th touchdown pass from Brady, tying him with Randy Moss for the most touchdown receptions received from Brady.
- Caught his 40th career touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Carolina (11/18), moving him past Randy Moss for the most touchdown receptions received from Brady.
- Caught seven passes for 90 yards vs. Denver (11/24) including a key touchdown that cut the Broncos’ lead to 24-21 in the comeback overtime win.
- Compiled six receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown in his fourth straight game at Houston (12/1).
- Caught two passes for 32 yards vs. Cleveland (12/8) before leaving with a knee injury and did not return.
2011 (16/16, 3/3)
- Earned Pro Bowl honors for the second consecutive season.
- Became the first tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons - 2010 (10), 2011 (18), 2012 (11).
- Started all 11 games in which he played and caught 55 passes for 790 yards (14.4 avg) and 11 touchdowns.
- Injured his arm late in the win vs. Indianapolis (11/18), missed the next five games and returned for the regular season finale vs. Miami (12/30).
- Started the Divisional Playoff game vs. Houston but left in the first quarter with an arm injury and did not return.
- Was placed on Injured Reserve with an arm injury on Jan. 17, 2013.
- Was inactive due to injury at Jacksonville (12/23), vs. San Francisco (12/16), vs. Houston (12/10), at Miami (12/2) and at N.Y. Jets (11/22).
- Became the first tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons after catching two TDs in the win vs. Indianapolis (11/18). Caught seven passes for 137 yards (19.6 avg )and two scores for the 12th game of his career with two or more touchdown receptions in a game and his third time doing so in 2012. Left in the fourth quarter with an arm injury.
- Compiled three 100-yard receiving games in 2012:
- Week 4 vs. Buffalo (104)
- Week 9 at St. Louis (146)
- Week 11 vs. Indianapolis (137)
- Also posted three multi-TD performances:
- Week 7 vs. N.Y. Jets
- Week 8 at St. Louis
- Week 11 vs. Indianapolis
- Caught three passes for 31 yards (10.3 avg) and a touchdown in win vs. Buffalo (11/11). Now has at least one touchdown in each of his six career regular season games against the Bills, totaling nine scores.
- Had his most productive game of the season with eight receptions for 146 yards (18.3 avg) and two touchdowns in the win at St. Louis (10/28).
- Caught six passes for 78 yards (13.0 avg) and two touchdowns in overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21), marking the 10th game of his career with two or more touchdowns.
2010 (16/11, 1/1)
- Started all 16 games, setting NFL tight end records for receiving yards (1,327), receiving touchdowns (17) and total touchdowns (18).
- Started all three playoff games including Super Bowl XLVI and caught 17 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
- Earned several prestigious accolades including Associated Press: First Team All-Pro, Sports Illustrated All-Pro, ProFootball Weekly All-NFL Team, The Sporting News All-Pro, AFC Pro Bowl starter and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Wk. 14 vs. Washington).
- Caught five passes for 87 yards (17.4 avg.) in a start in the AFC Championship game vs. Baltimore (1/22).
- Started at tight end and tied an NFL record with three postseason touchdown catches in the Divisional Playoff game vs. Denver (1/14). Registered the Patriots 15th postseason 100-yard receiving game with 145 yards on 10 receptions.
- Set the NFL all-time record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season and earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week by catching six passes for a career-high 160 yards (26.7 avg.) and two touchdowns at Washington (12/11).
- Joined Dallas Clark, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Todd Christiansen as the only tight ends in NFL history with 90-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and 10-plus touchdown receptions in a single season when he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Became the first Patriots tight end to ever score a rushing touchdown and the first in the NFL since Tennessee’s Bo Scaife in 2006. He is the first tight end since the 1970 merger to have two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in the same game.
- Scored 10 or more touchdowns in back-to-back seasons (10 in 2010; 18 in 2011). Became the second tight end ever to have back to back 10-plus touchdown seasons, joining Antonio Gates (2004-05).
- Accumulated five 100-yard receiving games.
- Led the AFC in scoring among non-kickers with 108 points. Finished second in the NFL behind Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy’s 120 points. It is the first time in NFL history a tight end has led his conference in points scored.
- Scored two or more touchdowns in seven games. The seven games with two or more touchdowns is an NFL record for a tight end. Antonio Gates (San Diego in 2004) and Jerry Smith (Washington in 1967) each had four two-touchdown games.
- Recorded the 13th season in NFL history by a tight end with at least 90 receptions.
- Strung together a team record six consecutive games with at least one TD.
- Became the second player in NFL history to rush for a touchdown, catch a touchdown, record a tackle, return and return a kickoff in a season joining Bo Scaife (Tennessee, 2006).
- Played in 16 games with 11 starts and finished the season with 42 receptions for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns.
- Had 10 receiving touchdowns to establish a record for most touchdown catches by a tight end in Patriots history and most touchdown receptions by a Patriots rookie. His 10 touchdowns rank second in NFL history for touchdowns by a rookie tight end. Only Mike Ditka had more touchdowns as a rookie tight end (12).
- Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team.
- Became the fourth Patriots player all-time to record 10 or more touchdown receptions in a season, joining Randy Moss (three times), Stanley Morgan (twice) and Jim Colclough (once).
- His 42 receptions were the second most receptions by a rookie tight end in Patriots history.
- Played in and started his first NFL game in the season opener vs. Cincinnati (9/12) and scored his first career touchdown on his first career catch, a 1-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.
- Became the first Patriots rookie to catch three touchdown passes in a game at Pittsburgh (11/14). He finished with 72 yards on five catches, scoring on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter, a 9-yard pass in the third quarter and a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter against the Steelers.
- Posted his second multiple-touchdown game of his career with two touchdowns at Buffalo (12/26).
- Registered his first 100-yard receiving game vs. Miami (1/2), totaling a career-high 102 yards on six receptions, including a career-long 28-yard reception.
- Gronkowski became the Wildcats’ most dangerous weapon during his short time at Arizona.
- In just 22 games at Arizona, he shattered all of the school’s receiving records for tight ends, including career, season and game marks.
- In two seasons at Arizona, Gronkowski registered more receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches than any other tight end in school history.
- His 75 receptions and 1,197 yards surpassed previous career records held by Mark Keel.
- Honors and Awards (2009): Named to the Watch Lists for the Maxwell Award (nation’s most outstanding player), John Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end), and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
- Missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing back surgery.
- Honors and Awards (2008): First-team All-Pac-10 Conference choice by the league’s coaches and media, adding third-team All-American honors from the Associated Press, Named to the Watch List for the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Selected John Mackey Tight End of the Week twice (vs. Washington, at Oregon).
- Set new season records for Arizona tight ends in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns as a sophomore.
- Honors and Awards (2007): Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News and Rivals.com in 2007, TSN freshman All-Pac-10 Conference and honorable mention All-Pac-10 from the league’s coaches.
- Born May 14, 1989, the son of Diane and Gordon Gronkowski.
- Has four brothers, Gordie, Dan, Chris, and Glenn.
- His father Gordon owns a string of national fitness retail outlets and lettered as an offensive guard at Syracuse (1977-81).
- Athleticism runs in the family, as brother Gordie was selected in the 49th-round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
- Dan played briefly for the Patriots in 2011 and currently plays tight end for Cleveland after a successful four-year career at Maryland (2005-08).
- Chris, was a teammate of Dan’s at Maryland before transferring to Arizona, where he was Rob’s teammate, playing H-Back for the Wildcats (2008-09).
- His great-grandfather, Ignatius Gronkowski, was a member of the 1924 U.S. Olympic cycling team in Paris.
- Attended Williamsville North High School (Williamsville, N.Y.) for three years before moving to Pennsylvania and enrolling at Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, PA), where he played tight end and defensive end.
- Earned University of Arizona Student-Athlete of the Month honors for April, 2008 as a Pre-Business major.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Rob and his older brothers Chris (DAL, IND, DEN, SD) and Dan (DET, DEN, NE, CLE) are one of just 10 other families to ever have at least three brothers playing in the NFL at the same time.
- Rob and brother Dan were the first brother tight end tandem and only the fourth set of brothers to be on the Patriots active roster together in 2011.
- His father, Gordon, lettered as an offensive guard at Syracuse (1977-81) and his great-grandfather, Ignatius Gronkowski, was a member of the 1924 U.S. Olympic cycling team in Paris.
- AFC Pro Bowl
- Associated Press All-Pro
- Pro Football Weekly All-NFL Team
- Sporting News All-Pro
- Sports Illustrated All-Pro
- AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Wk 14)
ROOKIE TE RECORDS
- USA Today All-Joe Team
- Pepsi Rookie Player of the Week (Wk. 14 at Chicago)
- Pepsi Rookie Player of the Week (Wk. 17 vs. Miami)
PATRIOTS TE RECORDS
- Gronkowski finished 2010 with 10 touchdowns to establish a record for most touchdown catches by a rookie tight end in Patriots history. He became the first Patriots rookie to ever record three touchdowns in a game (at Pittsburgh, 11/14). Gronkowski also set a Patriots rookie record for receiving touchdowns in a season.
FASTEST TO 20 TDS
- Gronkowski caught 17 touchdowns in 2011, giving him 27 career TD catches. His touchdown reception total in 2011 is second most in team history. In just two-plus seasons, Gronkowski has moved into second place on the Patriots all-time list among tight ends.
- Gronkowski reached 20 career touchdowns faster than any tight end in NFL history (26 games) with a two-TD performance vs. Kansas City (11/21/11). Pro Football Hall of Fame TE Mike Ditka previously held the record, achieving the feat in 31 games.
100-YARD GAMES BY A PATRIOTS TE
- In 2011, Rob Gronkowski joined Dallas Clark, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Todd Christiansen, as the only tight ends in NFL history with 90-plus receptions, 1,000-plus yards and 10-plus touchdown receptions in a single season.
THREE STRAIGHT 10-TD SEASONS
- Gronkowski set a new team mark when he registered his 10th career 100-yard game after finishing with eight receptions for 114 yards at N.Y. Jets (10/20/13). It was his first 100-yard effort in 2013 after three such performances in 2012. In 2011, Gronkowski tied a team mark for a tight end with five 100-yard games. Ben Coates had five 100-yard games in 1994.
- Gronkowski has three straight 10 touchdown seasons (10 in 2010, 18 in 2011 and 11 in 2012). Gronkowski joins Randy Moss (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Corey Dillon (2004, 2005, 2006) as the only Patriots with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons and three 10-plus touchdown seasons overall.