Robert James Gronkowski is also known as Rob Gronkowski who is a prominent name in the world of the National Football League (NFL), is a well-known American football player who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a part of the New England Patriots Team of the National Football League (NFL) and also played nine seasons before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rob Gronkowski is nicknamed “Gronk” and played tight-end defensive end in the field of football.
Rob Gronkowski played college football at the University of Arizona and had bagged in several awards namely;
- 4 Super Bowl championships.
- 4 All-Pro selections.
- 5 Pro Bowl selections
- He was also selected in the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team and NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
- He has also won 2014 AP (Associated Press) Comeback Player
- He has also won 2014 PFWA (Professional Football Writers of America) Comeback Player
Rob Gronkowski was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) of the NFL (National Football League) draft, he proved his worth by setting the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, receiving 17 touchdowns. He is undoubtedly one of the best tight ends in the entire history of the NFL. he also holds the record of the first tight end to have 3 seasons with 10+ touchdowns as well as has received 1000+ yards.
Now, coming to the main question of the article, ” Where did Gronkowski go to college? “; the answer to that question is The University of Arizona. To know more about Rob Gronkowski, let us get into the details of his personal life.
His childhood and early life
Rob Gronkowski is of Polish descent and was born on the 14th of May 1989 in Amherst in the city of New York. He has four siblings and all of them are brothers who were also involved in sports activities during their college life. One of his four brothers Dan, was selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, and he also played for a 5 year period. His four brothers namely Dan, Chris, Glenn, and Gordie later on became professional players. He is the second youngest son of Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters.
Rob Gronkowski was fond of hockey and also played this sport until he was 14 years of age after he started playing basketball. He attended Williamsville North High School for his first three years of high school and later on in 2006 when he moved to suburban Pittsburgh he attended Woodland Hills High School. He was quite active in various sports like basketball, football, and baseball. The media was quite fascinated by him and the media was also mentioned by several journals and publications. Rob Gronkowski was fond of math as a subject. He was recruited by many Universities; Kentucky, Arizona, Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, Ohio State, and Syracuse after the completion of High school due to his outstanding performance in various sports.
His college career
After completing high school graduation, Rob Gronkowski chose to attend the University of Arizona as a Pre-Business major and he played for the Arizona Wildcats football team from 2007 to 2009 under the coaching of Mike Stoops. His performance as a freshman in 2007 was excellent, with 28 receptions for 525 yards and 6 touchdowns. His 18.8 yards per reception average was one of the best on the team and made a school record for a tight end. He received many honorable mentions in many publications.
He missed the first three games in the next session, but later on, he recorded 47 receptions for 672 yards and the team’s best 10 touchdowns. He was twice named the John Mackey National Tight End of the Week during the season. He set the school records for a tight-end single game, single-season, career receptions, yards, and touchdowns and was quite famous by then. Due to an unfortunate event of a back injury he had undergone back surgery, he missed his junior season in 2009, during which he was also placed on the watchlist for one of the most outstanding college football linemen or linebacker.
His professional football career
Rob Gronkowski was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) of the NFL (National Football League) draft, he proved his worth by setting the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, receiving 17 touchdowns. He was rated the “best all-around player in the draft”. He became the highest-drafted tight end of Arizona. His remarkable performance in his first season won him 3 nominations for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.
His second season began well and he became one of 3 NFL players to score 4 touchdowns. In his second season, his first touchdown led to his first victory over the Miami Dolphins. By the 11th week, he was leading all tight ends with a total of 10 touchdowns.
During his third season, he became the third tight end in the history of the NFL to complete 3 seasons with a minimum of 10 touchdown receptions. He suffered two injuries during his third season when he broke his left forearm during the 11th week and reinjured it during the 17th week.
In 2013 he had to take a break due to his forearm infection and surgery, but he continued his play by 2013 October for the Patriots. His brilliant performance in the 2014 season won him the 2014 AP (Associated Press) Comeback, Player and he was also awarded the 2014 PFWA (Professional Football Writers of America) Comeback Player award.