Now that Rob Gronkowski has retired from the NFL, the next stop for the New England Patriots tight end is Canton, Ohio.
That's where the Pro Football Hall of Fame is located, and while there's no doubt Gronkowski one day will be enshrined there, there is some debate on how long it'll take for that to happen.
Many people would argue Gronkowski is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and when you look at his stats and lengthy list of NFL records, it's hard to disagree with those arguments. Others will say his career statistics don't rise to the level of first-ballot induction.
One person who believes there's no doubt Gronkowski is a first-ballot Hall of Famer is his former Patriots teammate, Devin McCourty, who made his view known Sunday night on Twitter.
No Doubt...need a seat on the Gronk bus lol -Dmac https://t.co/RTSENXZlsD— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) March 24, 2019
The most recent tight end to be inducted on the first ballot was Tony Gonzalez, who was part of the recent 2019 class.
Here's how Gonzalez and Gronkowski compare in career numbers:
Gonzalez: 1,325 receptions, 15,127 yards, 111 touchdowns in 270 games over 17 seasons
Gronkowski: 521 receptions, 7,861 yards, 79 touchdowns in 115 games over nine seasons
Let's not forget about Gronk's postseason résumé, too. He tallied 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 career playoff games, including three touchdowns in three Super Bowl appearances. His playoff stats are better than Gonzalez's, and the former Kansas City Chiefs tight end never won a Super Bowl, whereas Gronkowski has three Super Bowl rings.
Gronkowski is without question the most unstoppable tight end of his era, and when you factor in his stats, postseason performance and the matchup nightmares he created for defenses, he probably should be a first-ballot inductee.
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