Congradulations to Rob Gronkowki #87, tightend for the New England Patriots, for winning the BadaSSitude Player of the Week award. Gronkowski caught four passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, which is the kind of numbers Gronkowski has been producing most of the year.
Rob Gronkowki, May 14 1989, attended Williamsville North High School for three years, and played tight end on the football team. As a junior, he recorded 36 receptions for 648 yards and seven touchdowns, and 73 tackles and six sacks on defense. He was named an All-Western New York first-team and All-State second-team player.
Following high school, Gronkowski attended the University of Arizona. As a true freshman in 2007, Gronkowski recorded 28 receptions for 525 yards and six touchdowns. He was named a The Sporting News freshman All-American, Rivals.com freshman All-American, The Sporting News freshman Pac-10, and All-Pac-10 honorable mention player. He set the school tight end records for single-game, single-season, and career receptions, yards, and touchdowns.
Gronkowski was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. In a Week 10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, during the 2010 season, Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes from Brady, becoming the first rookie in Patriots history, and the youngest rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Returning to his home city of Buffalo in Week 16, Gronkowski caught two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills, giving him nine touchdown catches on the season. He added a touchdown in the season finale, giving him 10 on the season, and making him the first rookie tight end since the NFL-AFL merger to score 10 touchdowns.
So far in 2011, Gronkowski has led all tight ends with 10 touchdowns. His 20 TDs are the most ever for a tightend in his first two seasons. His reception and receiving yardage totals both ranked second among tightends. Gronkowski is showing that he is one of the best tightends in the NFL, and will continue to be one of Brady’s top receivers.