Robert James Gronkowski was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the New England Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft. Over nine years in Foxboro and two more with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's cemented his status as perhaps the most dominant player ever at his position, winning four Super Bowl titles along the way.
Get to know more about Gronk, who is currently contemplating a return for a 12th NFL season:
Rob Gronkowski's bio
- Height: 6-foot-6
- Weight: 265 pounds
- Birthdate: May 14, 1989
- Birthplace: Amherst, New York
- College: Arizona
- NFL experience: 11 years
- Jersey number: 87
Rob Gronkowski's career NFL stats
Here are some of Rob Gronkowski's notable career achievements and statistics:
- Four-time Super Bowl champion (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020)
- Two-time Super Bowl runner-up (2011, 2017)
- Four-time First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- Five-time Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- 2014 Comeback Player of the Year
- Hall of Fame All-2010s Team
- Two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week
- Patriots all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (79)
- 2011 NFL receiving touchdowns leader (17)
- Career totals (through 2021 season):
- 621 receptions
- 9,286 receiving yards
- 92 receiving touchdowns
- 1 rushing touchdown
Here are Rob Gronkowski's contract details
Gronkowski played for the Buccaneers in 2021 on a one-year, $8 million contract after re-signing with the team last offseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the new league year on March 16.
Through the 2021 season, Gronkowski has earned more than $70 million.
Rob Gronkowski's college career
Gronk played college football at the University of Arizona for Mike Stoops, choosing to play for the Wildcats over offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Syracuse.
During his freshman season in 2007, Gronk caught 28 passes for 525 yards and six touchdowns as Arizona finished 5-7. Despite missing three games his sophomore season in 2008, Gronk caught 48 passes for 672 yards and 10 touchdowns, a figure which led the Pac-10.
Prior to his junior season in 2009, Gronk underwent back surgery, causing him to miss the entire season. He declared for the 2010 NFL Draft after only 22 college games, causing him to slip to the second round. He was still the second tight end drafted after Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati Bengals, 21st overall).
The Patriots passed over Gronk once in the first round before drafting him 42nd overall, although the gamble certainly paid off for New England as it wound up with a very good player at 27th overall in Devin McCourty.
Meet Rob Gronkowski's family
Gronk is the son of Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters. Gordon played college football at Syracuse as a guard. Gronk has four brothers -- Gordie, who played minor league baseball, and Dan, Chris and Glenn, all of whom played in the NFL. Dan appeared in five games for the Patriots in 2011.
Gronk's great-grandfather, Ignatius Gronkowski, was a professional cyclist who represented Team USA at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.