A good-sized tight end with sure hands who turned himself into an all-league player ... a three-year starter who evolved from a blocking tight end to an all-around solid performer ... originally joined the team as a quarterback, but made the switch to tight end where he showed steady improvement every year ... played in 41 career games, including 29 starts, all over his last three seasons ... earned Iron Terp status during each of his last four springs ... career-best squat of 635 is second only to Vernon Davis all-time among Terp TEs ... graduated in three years (May 2007) and currently pursuing an MBA ... a three-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America nominee and two-time member of the All-District II team ... also a two-time Academic All-ACC honoree ... invited to the 2009 NFL Combine.
As a Senior (2008): A honorable mention All-ACC choice by AP/ACSMA ... played in all 13 games at tight end, starting the first 12 ... finished second on the team in TD receptions (three), tied for second in receptions (career-high 29) and fourth in receiving yards (career-best 287) ... ranked second in the ACC in receptions (2.4 pg) among TEs ... nominated for ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors and earned a spot on the District II team ... one of eight Terps to earn Academic All-ACC honors ... earned the team's A.V. Williams Award for outstanding and conspicuous sportsmanship ... registered the second-highest strength index on the team in spring testing ... also collected the George Boutselis Memorial Award for the letterman with the highest GPA for the third straight season ... member of the Terrapin Council, the team's leadership committee ... snared two receptions totaling 23 yards vs. MTSU (9/6) ... recorded his second career touchdown on a 1-yard strike from QB Chris Turner in the second quarter vs. Cal (9/13) ... had a team and career-high four receptions against the Golden Bears, totaling 24 yards ... notched two receptions against Eastern, including a 4-yard TD from Turner in the third quarter ... had two catches for 41 yards, including a season-long 25-yard reception, at Clemson (9/27) ... snagged three balls for 38 yards at Virginia (10/4) ... caught a career-best six passes for 52 yards vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... had three receptions for a team-high 37 yards, including scoring his third TD of the season a 13-yard pass from Turner during the first quarter ... had one catch for four yards at Virginia Tech (11/6) ... caught two balls for 14 yards vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... snared a team-high four passes for 46 yards vs. Florida State (11/22). As a Junior (2007): Played in 10 games at tight end, starting the first eight ... nominated for Academic All-America honors for the second straight season ... one of six Terps to earn Academic All-ACC honors ... earned the team's C.P. "Lefty" McIntosh Public Service Award ... (vs. FIU) ... started and made one catch for eight yards ... (vs. WVU) ... started and recorded one catch for 12 yards ... (vs. WF) ... started and had one catch for a career-long 26 yards ... (vs. Rutgers) ... started and caught two balls for seven yards ... (vs. UVA) ... started and had one catch ... (vs. Clemson) ... started but left the game with a knee injury ... (vs. FSU) ... returned to action but did not record any stats ... (vs. NCSU) ... made one catch for 11 yards ... (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) ... played but did not record any stats ... recorded the ninth-highest strength index on the team (tops among TEs) in spring testing ... member of the Terrapin Council, the team's leadership committee.
As a Sophomore (2006): Played in all 13 games with nine starts at tight end ... had two receptions for 11 yards on the season ... voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II team ... secured the George Boutselis Memorial Award for the letterman with the highest GPA on the team ... (vs. W&M) ... had one reception for a 9-yard gain ... (vs. FSU) ... caught his first career touchdown on his lone reception, a 2-yard catch at the back right corner of the end zone ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... started and saw action in 46 plays at tight end ... recorded the 20th-highest strength index on the team (tops among TEs) in spring testing.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Saw action in five games as a reserve tight end ... finished the season with two receptions for 37 yards ... (vs. Navy) ... recorded his first career reception, a 12-yard effort ... (vs. Clemson) ... hauled in a 25-yard Sam Hollenbach pass ... recorded the 26th-highest strength index on the team in spring testing.
As a Freshman (2004): Redshirt season ... the offensive scout team player of the week for his work in practice the week of the Duke and Virginia games ... one of the program's first-ever "greyshirts" ... joined the team for the first time at the Gator Bowl after deferring his enrollment for the spring of 2004 (was part of the 2003 signing class).
At Williamsville High School: A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, including two at quarterback and one at wide receiver ... completed 122-of-207 passes for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... completion, yardage and touchdown totals were all school records ... offensive MVP of his league ... a Western New York All-Academic team selection ... set a then-school record with 539 yards receiving in his sophomore season ... also lettered four years in baseball, three in basketball and one in hockey ... also recruited by Arizona, Purdue and Syracuse ... coached by Mike Mammoliti.
Personal: Born Jan. 21, 1985 ... parents are Gordon and Diane Gronkowski ... is the second of five brothers ... National Honor Society ... finished second nationally in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition as a ninth-grader ... father lettered three years as an offensive guard at Syracuse ... brother, Gordie, Jr., played first base at Jacksonville (Fla.) University (2003-06) and is currently in the LA Angels system ... brother, Chris, spent two seasons (2005-06) as a fullback with Maryland before transferring to Arizona ... brother, Rob, also plays football for Arizona, and was a 2007 freshman All-American and a 2008 third-team All-American ... graduated with a degree in marketing in May 2007 ... is pursuing an MBA.
Gronkowski's Career Statistics
Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP 2005 5-0 2 37 18.5 0 25 2006 13-9 2 11 5.5 1 9 2007 10-8 6 55 9.2 0 26 2008 13-12 29 287 9.9 3 25 Career 41-29 39 390 10.0 4 26
bio updated 02-18-09