From NCAA College Football Information & Resource
Rob Gronkowski (born on May 14, 1989) is a tight end for the University of Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA college football tournament. At 6-foot-6 and 250-pounds, Gronkowski has the length and the frame to become a "pure" tight end. His height is one of his assets as he often causes match-up problems for the opposing defenders. He also is a very good receiver who has the ability to reach for the ball at its highest point, as proven by his rookie year performance when he broke the school record for receiving yards by a tight end. After an impressive true freshman season that earned him Freshman All-American honors, Gronkowski is expected to become one of the rising tight ends in the nation.
Rob is the son of Gordon and Diane Gronkowski. Apparently Rob, who was raised in Williamsville, N.Y., in suburban Buffalo area before moving to Pennsylvania, came from a family of athletes. His great grandfather Ignatius Gronkowski was a cyclist in the 1924 Olympics in Paris, his father Gordon, who owns five G and G Fitness Equipment stores in the Pittsburgh area, was a former football player at Syracuse while his older brother Gordie, Jr. was a first baseman at Jacksonville University who was selected in the June 2006 baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. His brothers Dan and Chris, on the other hand got into the gridiron like him as both suited up for Maryland as quarterback and fullback, respectively. Chris eventually became a reserve utility player on the UA baseball team. His other brother, the yougest, is named Glenn.
Gronkowski initially attended Williamsville North High School and played tight end for head coach Mike Mammoliti. As a Spartan, Gronkowski produced 36 receptions for 648 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005 to earn first team All-Western New York and second team All-State honors. He also tallied 73 tackles and six sacks on defense and was named Player of the Year and Connolly Cup favorite in Western New York. Despite being just a junior, Gronkowski was already one of the highly rated tight ends in the nation with Rivals.com ranking him 7th on their list and Scout.com listing him No.2 on theirs, apart from receiving 10 scholarship offers from major colleges. He also excelled in basketball after averaging 21 points and 18 rebounds as one of the top centers in western New York.
Despite the success he attained at Williamsville North, Gronkowski shockingly announced his intention to transfer to Woodland Hills High School in Pennsylvania---a powerhouse team in the state consistently ranked within USA Today's Top 50 List---a decision that drew controversy. Apparently he became aware of the school a couple of summers back when he was attending an Adidas camp at the University of Pittsburgh. Initially, Gronkowski was denied eligibility by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League because it claimed that the student-athlete's reason for relocating was for athletic reasons which is against the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules. The Gronkowskis made an appeal and luckily for them, the WPIAL decision was overturned thus allowing him to play his senior year at Woodland Hills. The PIAA did hand Gronkowski a one-game of ineligibility which would parallel the suspension he received at Williamsville North for a disciplinary action taken in regards to an incident where a vulgar e-mail was said to be sent from Gronkowski's e-mail account to that of a North teacher.
Nonetheless, Gronkowski's high school career was resumed and he managed to finish the season with 8 receptions for 152 yards and four touchdowns for the Wolverines to earn a spot at the SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America teams while making it to the Associated Press' Class 4-A All-State first team, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Conference first team and "Fabulous 22" team, and the Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33" team. Basketball-wise, Gronkowski finished the season averaging 23.5 points and 15 rebounds a game.
As one of the top tight ends in the East, Gronkowski naturally received interest from several FBS schools and by his senior year, he has reduced the list to six namely Syracuse, Ohio State, Arizona, Maryland, Clemson and North Carolina. By January, the four-star recruit and the No.4 tight end prospect in the nation decided to go with Arizona in an announcement made on the SportsCenterU program on ESPNU and eventually became the first UA recruit under coach Mike Stoops to hail from the East.
Gronkowski made his Arizona debut on the starting line-up at BYU and caught a 17-yard pass in the 7-20 defeat. The next game, he came off the bench and caught a 39-yard pass and a 26-yard touchdown strike to help the Wildcats defeat Northern Arizona, 45-24. He did not make much of an impact statistically in AU's losses to New Mexico and California with only a combined 2 catches and 13 receiving yards to show. But against Washington State, Gronkowski's presence was heard loud and clear when he set Arizona freshman records for single-game and season pass receiving yards at 115 (career high) on 4 receptions with touchdowns of 18 and 57 yards. After his breakout game, BOP!!!!Gronkowski was held without a reception against Oregon State, a 7-yard catch at Southern Cal, and 27 yards on 2 receptions against Stanford, all games resulting to a three-game losing slide for the 'Cats. Arizona did manage to check that skid with a win at Washington, with Gronkowski chipping in 3 catches for 85 yards and a TD. He then had a season high six receptions for 94 yards and another score in the 1-touchdown victory against UCLA, before tallying 5 catches for 73 yards in the 34-24 upset win over No.2 ranked Oregon. He capped the regular season catching two passes for 29 yards and 1 TD in the close 3-point loss to Arizona State.
As a freshman, Gronkowski was sixth in the team in receptions (28), third in receiving yards (525), and second in TD catches (6) in 12 games with nine starts. His receiving yards total also eclipsed the single season record by a tight end established by Mark Keel at 513 on 32 receptions in 1980. He also received several Freshman All-American honors from a couple of media outlets and was also named into the league's All-Conference team as an honorable mention.
During the annual spring game, Gronkowski caught four passes for 75 yards with a tackle on defense. Gronkowski began the season on the injury list with a strep throat. He would go on to miss the rest of the season with a bad case of herps that he got from a porn star named Bibi Jones. Gronkowski would go onto marry the slut because of the herp. BOP
|Rob Gronkowski had four receptions for 115 yards with two touchdowns against WSU. (2007).|
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