Rob 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.
- Set the NFL all-time record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season, finishing with 17 (plus 1 rushing TD).
- Named NFL All-Pro in 2011.
- 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.
- His 10 touchdowns in 2010 rank second in the NFL history for touchdowns by a rookie tight end. Only Mike Ditka had more touchdowns as a rookie (12).
- In his rookie year, Gronkowski, 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).
- Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team in 2010.
2012 (11/11, 1/1)
- Earned Pro Bowl honors for the second consecutive season.
- Placed on Injured Reserve with an arm injury on Jan. 17, 2013.
- Returned from injury after missing five games to start in the regular-season finale vs. Miami (12/30) and caught two passes for 42 yards (21.0 avg) and his 11 touchdown of the season.
- 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.
- 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, marking the first game this season and 10th game of his career with two or more touchdowns.
- Started and caught five passes for 104 yards (20.8 avg) and the go-ahead touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter in the win at Buffalo (9/30).
- Started and caught six passes for 75 yards (12.5 avg.) and a touchdown vs. Arizona (9/16).
- Started and caught six passes for 60 yards (10.0 avg.) and a touchdown in the season-opening win at Tennessee (9/9).
2011 (16/16, 3/3)
- Started all 16 games, setting NFL tight end records for receiving yards (1,327), receiving touchdowns (17) and total touchdowns (18). Moved into third on the Patriots all-time touchdown reception list by a tight end with 27 and into second on the Patriots single season receiving touchdowns list with 17 (Randy Moss, 23 in 2007).
- Returned from injury to start in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants, but played in a more limited role, catching two passes for 26 yards (2/5).
- Caught five passes for 87 yards (17.4 avg.) in a start in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens (1/22).
- Started at tight end and tied an NFL record with three postseason touchdown catches in the Divisional playoff game against the Broncos (1/14). Registered the Patriots 15th postseason 100-yard receiving game with 145 yards on 10 receptions.
- Set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1,327, after catching eight passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills (1/1).
- Named to the AFC Pro Bowl and Associated Press All-Pro teams.
- Tallied 78 yards on seven receptions against the Dolphins (12/24).
- Caught four passes for 53 yards, including a 38-yarder against the Broncos (12/18).
- With his first of two touchdowns on the day, set the NFL all-time record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season with his 14th of 2011. Caught six passes for 160 yards (26.7 avg.), including a 50 yard catch against the Redksins (12/11).
- Added his 12th and 13th TD receptions of the season against the Colts (12/4) with an 11-yard score in the second quarter and a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter to tie the NFL record for most touchdown receptions by a tight end. Added a 2-yard touchdown on a lateral in the third quarter for 14 total touchdowns – the highest number of combined
touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history. Became the first Patriots TE to record a rushing touchdown on his first career rushing TD. Finished with
64 yards on five receptions.
- Caught four passes for 59 yards and one touchdown against the Eagles (11/27).
- Reached 20 career touchdowns faster than any tight end in NFL history (26 games) with a two-TD performance against the Chiefs. Caught four passes for a team-high 96 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown reception (11/21).
- Led the team and matched a career high with eight receptions for a career high 113 yards (Avg. 14.1). Scored two touchdowns for the fifth time in his career. With 18 career touchdowns, he leads all NFL tight ends in touchdowns since he entered the league in 2010.
- Set a career high with eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Giants, marking his third 100-yard game (11/6).
- Led the team and tied a career high with seven receptions for 94 yards (13.4 avg.) against the Steelers (10/30).
- Was target seven times, catching all seven passes (tying a season high) for 74 yards against the Cowboys (10/16).
- Continued his impressive blocking, and made four catches for 31 yards in a start against the Jets (10/9).
- Caught one 15-yard pass in a start against the Raiders (10/2).
- Set career highs in receptions (7) and yards (109) against the Bills (9/25), and scored two touchdowns to tie a franchise record for most consecutive regular season games with a receiving touchdown with 5.
- Tallied 86 yards and two touchdowns on 4 receptions, including a career-long 30 yard catch against the Chargers (9/18).
- Caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in a start against the Dolphins. Also returned one kickoff 11 yards (9/12).
- Finished the season with 10 receiving touchdowns to established a record for the most touchdown catches by a TE in Patriots history and most touchdown receptions by a Patriots rookie.
- Named to the USA Today All-Joe Team.
- Caught one 12-yard pass against the Jets (12/6).
- Caught one 25-yard pass from Tom Brady in a start against the Colts (11/21). The reception was part of New England's third touchdown drive and tied his longest career reception.
- Became the first Patriots rookie to catch three touchdown passes in a game, raising his season TD total to six and setting a season record for touchdowns by a Patriots rookie tight end. 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 career-long 25-yarder in the fourth quarter against the Steelers (11/14).
- Caught four passes for 47 yards in a start against the Browns (11/7). After a six yard pass from Tom Brady late in the second quarter, Gronkowski fumbled the ball on the Cleveland three-yard line and it was recovered by the Browns.
- Made one catch for five yards against the Vikings (10/31).
- Caught two passes for 10 yards, including a one-yard TD pass from Tom Brady against San Diego (10/24).
- Had one reception for 24 yards in a start against the Ravens (10/17).
- Caught one pass for four yards against Miami (10/4).
- Scored a touchdown on a five-yard pass from Tom Brady and finished with three catches for 43 yards and against the Bills (9/26).
- Tallied 14 yards on one reception against the New York Jets (9/19).
- Played in and started his first NFL game in the season opener against the Bengals (9/12).
- Scored his first career touchdown on his first career catch, a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter (9/12).
- 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
- 2009 (Junior): 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 (the college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi)…Gronkowski missed the entire season after undergoing surgery to his back
- 2008 (Sophomore): 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…Missed the first three games of the season while suffering from mononucleosis and strep throat…Played in the final 10 games, starting nine contests…Hauled in 47 passes for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns (caught 65.28% of the 72 passes targeted to him, as the opposition deflected eleven throws), averaging 14.3 yards per reception…Set new season-records for Arizona tight ends in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns…33 of those catches were good for first downs (70.21%), converting 16-of-25 third-down plays (64.0%), and 1-of-2 fourth-down plays (50.0%)…24 of his grabs gained at least ten yards (51.06%), including twelve that gained 20 yards or more (25.53%)…Came up with critical receptions that led to fourteen Arizona touchdown drives, and three field goal drives…Recorded six of his receptions in the red zone (12.77%)…Caught 12 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown vs. Oregon (11/15/08), setting game-records for Arizona tight ends in receptions and receiving yards, as his 12 catches also ties four other players for second most in school history for a single-game among all pass catchers…His 10 touchdowns catches ties Keith Hartwig for third among all pass catchers on Arizona’s single-season record list, trailing only Mike Thomas (11, 2007) and Theopolis Bell (11, 1974)…Selected John Mackey Tight End of the Week twice (vs. Washington, at Oregon)
- 2007 (Freshman): Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News and Rivals.com in 2007... Also earned TSN freshman All-Pac-10 Conference and honorable mention All-Pac-10 from the league’s coaches...Played in 12 games, starting nine contests, including the final eight, as he caught 28 passes for a team-best 18.8 yards per reception, for a then school tight-end record 525 yards and six touchdowns...His 28 receptions rank third among Arizona tight ends in a season, topped by his old Wildcat position record of 47 in 2008 and 32 by Mark Keel in 1980.
- Pre-Business major…Earned University of Arizona Student-Athlete of the Month honors for April, 2008
- Son of Diane and Gordon Gronkowski…His father Gordon owns a string of national fitness retail outlets and lettered as an offensive guard at Syracuse (1977-81)… Has four brothers, Gordie, Dan, Chris, and Glenn…Athleticism runs in the family, as Gordie was selected in the 49th-round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels…Dan currently plays tight end for the Detroit Lions after a four-year career at Maryland (2005-08)…Chris, was a teammate of Dan’s at Maryland before transferring to Arizona, where he is presently 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
- Born 5/14/89…Resides in Amherst, New York…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.
HONORS AND AWARDS2012
- Rob and his older brothers Chris (DAL, IND, DEN) and Dan (DET, DEN, NE, CLE) are one of just nine 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 Bowl2011
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)2010
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)