Rob Gronkowski is seen as one of the most talented receivers and defender up until his retirement in 2019. He was named the most skilled player in 2010 and the greatest tight end ever to play in the NFL. He received a lot of accolades and endorsements deals from many reputable companies and organization. He also bagged NFL awards and recognitions such as the only tight end in NFL history to reach 1000 yards and more. He was ranked first in the average receiving yards and also the combined receptions. These were just a few of the recognitions he received as an NFL Player. Here, we discuss his biography facts, childhood, early life, career, net worth and personal life.
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Rob Gronkowski Biography Facts
|Full Name:||Robert James Gronkowski|
|Born:||May 14 1989 (age 30)|
|Place of Birth:||Amherst, New York|
|Occupation:||American Football Player|
|Career End/Retired:||March 24, 2019|
|NFL Draft:||2010 (round 2, pick 42) – New England Patriots|
|Net Worth:||$25 million|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight:||122kg (262 lbs)|
|Education:||Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School; Williamsville North High School; The University of Arizona|
|Parents:||Diane Gronkowski (mother); Gordon Gronkowski (father)|
|Partner:||Camille Kostek (2015–date)|
|Social Media:||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
Rob Gronkowski’s Childhood & Early Life
Rob was born into the Gronkowski family on May 14, 1989. Growing up in the midst of 4 energetic boys really made for a memorable childhood with a lot of stories. His family was in Williamsville for a while before moving to the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He attended Highschool at the Williamsville North High school for three years there he played two different games; He played the tight end position in football and the centre position in basketball. In football, He had a record of 36 receptions on 648 yards and 8 touchdowns on the offensive and had 73 tackles and 6 sacks on the defensive. He was named in the All-New York first-team and All-State Second-team.
Beginning his senior year of Highschool in Pittsburgh, the Woodlands hills Highschool in Churchill Pittsburgh. He recorded 8 receptions for 152 yards and four touchdowns despite the fact that he was earlier declared ineligible to play, but the ineligibility was overturned. He received a lot of recognitions and recommendations such as Superprep All American, Prep Star All American, the Patriot-News, and was awarded scholarships from Kentucky, Arizona, Clemson, Maryland, Ohio, Syracuse and Louisville. He decided to commit to the University of Arizona and pursue his college career.
Rob Gronkowski’s College Career
Committing to the University of Arizona and playing for the wildcat’s of Arizona, he started his freshman year in 2007, there his season stats recorded 28 receptions for 525 yards and 6 touchdowns. His recorded 18.8 yards per reception average and this was noted as the best in his team, his receiving yards, on the other hand, was recorded as the best in his school’s history. He was named Rivals.com all-freshman of the year and sporting news.com all-freshman of the year.
In his Junior season at Arizona, he missed 3 of his games. He then recorded 47 receptions on 672 yards and 10 touchdowns that were considered his team’s best touchdowns. Gronk received the John Mackey National tight end of the week twice, and he set the teams to record for the tight end for single games, career receptions, yards, touchdowns and also single season. He was named Associated Press third-team All-American and All-PAC first-team tight end.
Gronk missed out most of the 2009 season because he had a back injury, this really reduced his stats for NFL and affected his draft position. Before his back injury, he was a prospect of the Lombardi Award the most prestigious award for the lineman and linebacker in the country. He enlisted to be drafted and was drafted in the second round and in the 42nd Overall of the NFL draft pick by the New England Patriots.
Rob Gronkowski’s Professional/NFL Career
New England Patriots (2010–2018)
Gronk started his NFL career with the Patriots after the Oakland Raiders traded him to the Patriots in the NFL picks. He signed a four-year rookie contract for $4.1 million and a signing bonus of $1.76 million.
Gronk was one of the three players to play four touchdowns in the NFL pre season tying in with Victor Cruz a rookie wide receiver for the Giants of New York and Anthony Dixon a running back for the 49ers of San Francisco. He caught his first season touchdown in week 1, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He proceeded to be nominated 3 times for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the week which he won twice losing the third time to rookie player Tim Tebow.
In June 2012, Gronkowski signed a six-year $54 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid tight end. The contract was an $8 million signing bonus. He broke his left forearm in the season of 2012 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts. After that, he proceeded to become the first tight end in NFL’s history to achieve at least 10 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
In his 2013 season, Rob was only able to play in seven games of the season. This is because he had to undergo several surgeries in the forearm and also in his back. Doctors declared him fit to play on 10th October 2013. However, in his next game, he tore his ACL and MCL. Gronk ended the season with 596 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns (receiving). He continued to play football vigorously until he decided to retire in 24th March 2019 after 9 seasons. Gronk retired via Instagram.
Rob Gronkowski’s Net Worth
As at October 2019, Gronk’s net worth is estimated at $25 million (USD)
Rob Gronkowski’s Personal Life
Rob has been in a relationship with Camille Kostek since 2015, although his relationship is very private he sometimes shares pictures of Camille on social media. His friends and family all say that he is a fun, loving, and positive person and he is one who loves to party.
In his book “it’s great to be a Gronk” he wrote that he hadn’t spent any money he earned playing for the NFL, but he rather spent the money made from his endorsements deals.
Rob Gronkowski’s Trivia
He has featured as himself in comedy animations such as American Encore and in episode 15 of the first season of Family Guy.
He has produced an energy drink called “Gronk” which would be distributed by coca-cola.
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