Superstar tight end known as "Gronk," who set the single season records for touchdowns (17) and yards (1,327) by a tight end in 2011 as a member of the New England Patriots. He won Super Bowls XLIX, LI and LIII with the Patriots. He announced his retirement in March 2019.
He played both basketball and football at Williamsville North High School in New York, where he spent the first three years of high school before attending Woodland Hills High School in Pennsylvania.
He played two years of college football at the University of Arizona, catching 16 touchdown passes in 22 games. He missed his junior season, which caused his NFL Draft stock to fall. He was a second round selection of the Patriots in 2010.
He became a favorite target of legendary quarterback Tom Brady on the Patriots.