PRO: Young tight end who is developing as both a blocker and a pass catcher.
2009: Spent the majority of the season on the team’s practice squad. Signed from the practice squad December 1, 2009.
COLLEGE: Versatile tight end regarded as one of college football's premier blockers who also emerged as a quiality receivier in offensive coordinator James Franklin's West Coast offensive system at Maryland. As a senior in 2008, Gronkowski started twelve games. After catching just eleven passes in his first three seasons, the Terrapin Council member hauled in a career-high 29 passes, good for 287 yards (9.9 avg) and three touchdowns. He also continued his excellence as a blocker, as he registered 66 knockdowns, coming up with eleven touchdown-resulting blocks.The former prep quarterback registered the second-highest strength index on the team in spring 2008 testing. He also boasts a career-best squat of 635 pounds, the second-best figure by a Maryland tight end, topped only by the 685-pound lift from Vernon Davis (49ers). In each of his last four off-seasons, the tight end received Iron Terp honors, a recognition for his outstanding performances in the training room. Gronkowski closed out his career starting in 29-of-40 and caught 40-of 59 passes thrown to him for 401 yards (10.03 avg) and four touchdowns
2008: Started twelve contests, as he hauled in a career-high 29 passes, good for 401 yards (10.0 avg) and four touchdowns.
• All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention. Earned Academic All-District II first-team accolades.
• Recipient of the team's of the A. V. Williams Award for outstanding sportsmanship.
• Also earned the George Boutselis Memorial Award, given to the player with the highest grade point average. 18 of his receptions were good for first downs (62.07%), as he converted 6-of-9 third-down plays and had key catches that led to five Maryland touchdowns and two field goals.
• Registered eleven receptions for at least 10 yards, including four for 20 yards or longer.
• Delivered ten touchdown resulting blocks and 66 knockdowns, grading 83.69% for blocking consistency.
2007: Appeared in eleven games, starting the team's first eight contests. Was utilized mostly for his exceptional blocking skills, as he registered 70 key blocks/knockdowns, eleven down field blocks and ten touchdown-resulting blocks, finishing with an 86.63% grade for blocking consistency.
• Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. Recipient of the team's C.P. "Lefty" Mcintosh Public Service Award.
• Caught seven-of-eleven passes targeted to him, gaining 66 yards (9.4 avg), as five of his grabs produced first downs, converting one third-down toss in the process.
• Had three catches for longer than 10 yards, including a season long 26- yarder. Came up with key catches that led to a pair of Maryland touchdowns and three others that helped set up Terps field goals.
2006: The sophomore appeared in every game, starting nine contests (came off the bench vs. William & Mary, Florida International,
• Florida State and Boston College. Registered 70 knockdowns/key blocks with eleven coming down field and ten more resulting in Maryland touchdowns.
• Gronkowski teamed with Joey Haynos to give Maryland the Atlantic Coast Conference's premier tight end tandem.
2005: Played in five games as a reserve tight end, seeing action vs. Navy, Clemson, West Virginia, Temple and Virginia. His brother, Chris, was also a member of the team, as a full back playing on the scout team.
• Managed to catch a pair of passes for 37 yards (18.5 avg), as his first career catch set up a Terps field goal and his second resulted in a Maryland touchdown.
• Both catches were good for first downs, converting a fourth-down play in the process.
2004: Spent the season as a redshirt, performing on the scout team at tight end. His performances in practice earned him Scout Team Player of the Week honors vs. Duke and Virginia..
2003: One of the team's first-ever grey-shirts, Gronkowski deferred spring 2004 enrollment after he had suited up for the Gator
Bowl match-up vs. West Virginia.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Willamsville (N.Y.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Mammoliti.
• Earned four letters in football, starting at wide receiver during his sophomore campaign. Set a school season-record with 539 yards receiving that season.
• Switched to quarterback for his final two campaigns, completing 122 of 207 passes (58.9%) for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. His completion, yardage and touchdown totals were all school annual records.
• Named League Offensive Most Valuable Player and was a Western New York All-Academic team selection.
• Added four letters in baseball, three in basketball and one in hockey. Member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Graduated in May, 2007, with a degree in Marketing, earning Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors and Academic All-American consideration.
• Second-oldest of six sons of Diane and Gordon Gronkowski. Older brother, Gordie, Jr., was a first baseman for Jacksonville University from 2003-06.
• Brother, Chris, was a teammate at Maryland for two seasons (2005-06), where he played fullback.
• Chris later transferred to the University of Arizona, sitting out the 2007 season under NCAA transfer rules.
• He is presently competing as a H-Back for the Wildcats, playing alongside their younger brother, Rob, a Freshman All-American who is regarded by many as the best tight end in the nation.
• Resides in Amherst, New York.
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