Robert Paxton Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
The tight end is a position in American football, Arena football, and formerly Canadian football, on the offense.
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He played college football at Arizona, winning several awards, including being named a Sporting News and Rivals.com freshman All-American.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities.
Rivals.com is a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the United States.
Sporting News, originally The Sporting News, is an American sports website and former print magazine.
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The Patriots drafted Gronkowski with the 42nd pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 2010 NFL Draft was the 75th annual meeting of National Football League franchises to select newly eligible football players.
In 2011, Gronkowski set the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end with 17 receiving touchdowns, as well as the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, with 1,327.
That season, he became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in receiving touchdowns.
In his first six seasons, he had 65 receiving touchdowns; only two tight ends in NFL history have had more in their entire careers.