Rob Gronkowski is an NFL tight end currently on the New England Patriots. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro selection.
The Patriots selected Gronkowski with the No. 42 pick in the 2010 draft out of Arizona. As a rookie, he caught 42 balls for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2011, Gronkowski made his first Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro after catching 90 passes for 1,327 yards and a league-leading 17 touchdowns.
The Patriots went 13-3, earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC that season. In the team’s divisional playoff against the Denver Broncos, he had 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
Gronkowski caught five balls for 87 yards in the AFC title game victory over the Ravens, but sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. Limited by the ankle injury, he had just two catches for 26 yards in the Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. He had surgery in the offseason to repair the ankle.
Gronkowski returned for the start of the 2012 season, but he broke his left forearm in November against the Indianapolis Colts. He underwent surgery and missed the team’s next four games. In 11 regular season games, he caught 55 passes for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro First-Team. He re-broke the arm in the Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans and missed the rest of the season.
After offseason surgery to repair his forearm, he missed the first six games of the 2013 season. In Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns, Gronkowski tore his ACL on a hit from safety T.J. Ward. In seven games, he had 39 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns.
Gronkowski stayed healthy for the entire 2014 regular season, finishing with 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games. He was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro First Team.