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3. Rob Gronkowski

There have been a lot of great Tight Ends in football, but there is only one "Gronk."

Considered by some to be the best Tight End the game ever saw, Rob Gronkowski was not just a great player, but a larger than life character who transcended the sport.  An All-Rookie in 2010 after being drafted 42ndOverall from Arizona, Gronkowski used his size and tenacity to become a star.  Often injured, Gronkowski was a Pro Bowler five times and a First Team All-Pro four times, and had he been healthier, that number probably would have been higher.   

The Gronk would lead the NFL in Receiving Touchdowns in 2011 (17) and had 79 overall with the Patriots 7,861 Yards over nine years.  In the playoffs, Gronkowski helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls, with him generating 12 Touchdowns and 1,163 Yards over 16 post-season contests.

Gronkowski retired early in 2019, and the year after, he was named to the NFL 100thAnniversary Team, though he would return when the Pats traded his rights to Tampa, where he joined his former Quarterback, Tom Brady.  The enigmatic one should be an early entrant into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Tight End
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 42nd Overall in the NFL Draft 4/23/10.
  • Departed: Retired 3/24/19.  

    Traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 2020 7th Round Pick (which would be Chapelle Russell) for Tampa's 2020 4th Round Pick (which would be traded to the Minnesota Vikings who chose D.J. Wonnum) 4/21/20
  • Games Played: 115
  • Notable Statistics:

    100 Games Started
    521 Receptions
    7,861 Receiving Yards
    79 Receiving Touchdowns
    1 Rushing Attempt
    2 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown
    3 Kick Returns
    16 Kick Return Yards
    85 Approximate Value

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XLIX, LI & LIII)
    First Team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2015 & 2017)
    Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2017)
    AP Comeback Player of the Year (2014)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2014)
    All-Rookie (2010)
    Most Receiving Touchdowns (2011)

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