Rob Gronkowski: A New England Icon

It seems early, but I have a feeling the number 87 will someday be retired in Foxborough. The Patriots jovial Tight End is only in his second season, but Gronk has wowed fans across New England and the country with his unmatched ability to find the end zone. Gronkowski caught 2 TD passes and rushed for another (a swing pass that was later ruled a lateral and hence a rushing play) to up his Touchdown total to 14 on the year: an NFL record for Tight Ends.

Gronk’s 3 scores lead the Pats to a 31-24 victory at Gillette Stadium against the pathetic Colts. New England moves to 9-3 on the year while Indianapolis is 0-12 with their precious Peyton Manning. As bad as the Colts are, they are just the latest team to get Gronk’d. The superstar TE has embarrassed opposing defenses all season.

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Coming out of Arizona, Gronkowski was scouted heavily for his raw talent but teams shied away from drafting him due to a back injury. The Pats scooped him in the second round and the rest is history. Gronk’s fantastic talent coupled with his fun-loving personality have made him a legitimate cultural icon seemingly overnight. Even though he’s been on the team for less than 2 seasons, it’s hard to image the Patriots offense without him. You’ll be seeing a lot of Gronkowski jerseys around New England for years to come. This guy is already a living legend.

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