Recently retired New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski holds the record NFL record for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season with 17, and one player for the Indianapolis Colts is excited to take aim at breaking that mark in 2019.
That's right, one of Colts tight end Eric Ebron's individual goals next season is breaking Gronkowski's impressive touchdown record. Here's what he said about it Tuesday:
Eric Ebron says the goal individually for him this year is to break Gronk’s record for TE touchdowns.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) May 7, 2019
That number is 17.
Ebron isn't crazy for trying to break this record.
He's in a contract year, and that motivation speaks for itself. He also got fairly close to Gronk's record last season when he tallied 13 receiving touchdowns for the Colts. It was a huge improvement from his previous career-high of five touchdowns set in 2015. Ebron led all tight ends in touchdown receptions in 2018, and he was just two scores shy of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown's league-leading total of 15.
The veteran tight end plays in a very good offense led by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, so he should be able to again hit double-digit touchdowns if healthy. Getting to 17, however, seems unlikely. Gronkowski shouldn't be too concerned about that record falling anytime soon.
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