Robert James "Rob" Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arizona, and was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
In 2011, Gronkowski, in his second season in the NFL, set the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end with 17 receiving touchdowns, and 18 overall, as well as the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, with 1,327. That season, he became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in receiving touchdowns. In his first three seasons, he had 38 receiving touchdowns in 43 games; no other tight end has had more than 25.
By Dean Hanley
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