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Published: March 24, 2019 at 06:07 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2019 at 01:33 p.m.

Rob Gronkowski through the years

Rob Gronkowski a 3-time Super Bowl champion, five time pro-bowler, four time First Team All-Pro retired after nine season with the New England Patriots. Celebrate with a look back of his record setting career.

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  • Arizona's Rob Gronkowski (48) is congratulated by teammate Terrell Turner (84) after scoring a touchdown against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. 33

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    Arizona's Rob Gronkowski (48) is congratulated by teammate Terrell Turner (84) after scoring a touchdown against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008.

  • Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona stands with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the New England Patriots during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, N.Y. on April 23, 2010. 32

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    Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona stands with commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the New England Patriots during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, N.Y. on April 23, 2010.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown reception in front of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Spencer Adkins (59) during an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. 31

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown reception in front of Atlanta Falcons linebacker Spencer Adkins (59) during an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010.

  • New England Patriots rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski grabs his first NFL touchdown catch, next to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, during the second half of New England's 38-24 win in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Foxborough, Mass. 30

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    New England Patriots rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski grabs his first NFL touchdown catch, next to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, during the second half of New England's 38-24 win in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Foxborough, Mass.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) gets past Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010. 29

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) gets past Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) thunders into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2011 in Foxborough, Mass. This was Gronkowski's only listed career carry after catching the ball on a lateral. 28

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) thunders into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2011 in Foxborough, Mass. This was Gronkowski's only listed career carry after catching the ball on a lateral.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown reception in front of wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.
<br><br>Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most receiving TD in a single season by with 17 in 2011. 27

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown reception in front of wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

    Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most receiving TD in a single season by with 17 in 2011.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a 10-yard touchdown pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Andre' Goodman (21) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. 26

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a 10-yard touchdown pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Andre' Goodman (21) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answers a question during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVI Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Indianapolis. 25

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answers a question during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVI Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Indianapolis.

  • New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) intercepts a pass during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game as New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski (87) battles for the ball on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. 24

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    New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) intercepts a pass during the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game as New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski (87) battles for the ball on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) hauls in a touchdown pass against New York Jets free safety LaRon Landry (30) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.
<br><br>Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most seasons with 10+ receiving touchdowns with five. 23

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) hauls in a touchdown pass against New York Jets free safety LaRon Landry (30) in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

    Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most seasons with 10+ receiving touchdowns with five.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas. 22

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top, jumps on the back of tight end Rob Gronkowski after Gronkowski scored a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. No player has more receiving yards, receiving touchdowns or receiving 1st downs from quarterback Tom Bray than Gronkowski. 21

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top, jumps on the back of tight end Rob Gronkowski after Gronkowski scored a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. No player has more receiving yards, receiving touchdowns or receiving 1st downs from quarterback Tom Bray than Gronkowski.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) carries Chicago Bears defensive back Al Louis-Jean (39) into the end zone while scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. 20

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) carries Chicago Bears defensive back Al Louis-Jean (39) into the end zone while scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown as the New York Jets' Calvin Pryor (25) tackles him during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Gronkowski leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns over the course of his 9-season career with 79, five more than wide receiver Antonio Brown. 19

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown as the New York Jets' Calvin Pryor (25) tackles him during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Gronkowski leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns over the course of his 9-season career with 79, five more than wide receiver Antonio Brown.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown pass in front of Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright during the first half of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

<br><br>Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most career postseason receiving touchdowns with 12. 18

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a touchdown pass in front of Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright during the first half of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

    Notable NFL Tight End Records: Most career postseason receiving touchdowns with 12.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski ranks 3rd (79) in NFL history in receiving touchdowns by a tight end behind Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzales (111). 17

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski ranks 3rd (79) in NFL history in receiving touchdowns by a tight end behind Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzales (111).

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown catch in front of Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson (54) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. 16

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown catch in front of Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson (54) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. 15

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy following Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. 14

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy following Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski twerks towards fans as he hangs out of a duck boat during a parade in Boston to honor the NFL football team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 4, 2015 in Boston. 13

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski twerks towards fans as he hangs out of a duck boat during a parade in Boston to honor the NFL football team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 4, 2015 in Boston.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes a hockey puck at center ice before an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders in Boston on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. 12

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes a hockey puck at center ice before an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders in Boston on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) leaps over Denver Broncos defensive back Shiloh Keo during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. Gronkowski averaged 15.1 yards per reception over the course of his career, most by a tight end since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 250 receptions). 11

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) leaps over Denver Broncos defensive back Shiloh Keo during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. Gronkowski averaged 15.1 yards per reception over the course of his career, most by a tight end since the 1970 NFL merger (min. 250 receptions).

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a four-yard touchdown pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the second half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots, 20-18, to advance to the Super Bowl. 10

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a four-yard touchdown pass while defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) during the second half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots, 20-18, to advance to the Super Bowl.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) stretches for the 2-yard line during the 2016 NFL Week 5 regular season football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 in Cleveland. 9

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) stretches for the 2-yard line during the 2016 NFL Week 5 regular season football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 in Cleveland.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass from quarterback Tom Brady behind Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Robert Golden (21) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. 8

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass from quarterback Tom Brady behind Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Robert Golden (21) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after winning the NFL Super Bowl LI football game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. 7

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after winning the NFL Super Bowl LI football game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, TX.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top, tackles tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, who had grabbed Brady's recovered jersey, which was stolen from the locker room after the Patriots' February Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, during pregame ceremonies before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston.<br><br> Tom Brady had a higher passer rating when targeting Gronkowski during his career than any other player (min. 100 targets). 6

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top, tackles tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, who had grabbed Brady's recovered jersey, which was stolen from the locker room after the Patriots' February Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, during pregame ceremonies before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston.

    Tom Brady had a higher passer rating when targeting Gronkowski during his career than any other player (min. 100 targets).

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL Super Bowl LII football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis. 5

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the NFL Super Bowl LII football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. 4

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, makes a catch against Buffalo Bills defensive back Phillip Gaines during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. <br><br>Gronkowski finished the 2018 Season with 47 receptions, 682 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD (13 games) - 2018 Playoffs: 13 receptions, 191 receiving yards. 3

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, makes a catch against Buffalo Bills defensive back Phillip Gaines during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

    Gronkowski finished the 2018 Season with 47 receptions, 682 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD (13 games) - 2018 Playoffs: 13 receptions, 191 receiving yards.

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates as he leaves the field after NFL Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Atlanta. 2

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    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates as he leaves the field after NFL Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Atlanta.

  • New England Patriots tight ends Dwayne Allen, left, and Rob Gronkowski react to fans during their victory parade through downtown Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, to celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. 1

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    New England Patriots tight ends Dwayne Allen, left, and Rob Gronkowski react to fans during their victory parade through downtown Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, to celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.