Twenty-nine days to the NFL Hall of Fame Game and for our 29 NFL fact we look at one of the top players at their position that retired at age 29 this year.
Tight End Rob Gronkowski or “Gronk” retired from football on March 24th 2019 at age 29. Gronk has not played as long as some of the all time great tight ends. However his statistics puts him in the conversation of the best tight ends of all time. All statistics discussed here pertain only to tight ends.
- In receiving yards per game Gronk is all time number one with 68.4 yards. He holds the Super Bowl record for most receiving yards by a tight end with 116 yards in Super Bowl LII for the 2017 season against the Eagles. Gronk is tie for first among tight ends with Tony Gonzales and Jason Witten for most 1000+ yard receiving seasons with four.
- Catch percentage is not available for all the tight ends. For the ones it is available only Tony Gonzales (65.9%) and Jason Witten (71.1%) are the top tight ends with a better catch percentage than Gronk’s 65.6%.
- In receptions per game Gronk is seventh all time as shown in the following table.
- In receiving touchdowns Gronk is third all-time. If we look at receiving touchdowns per game he is first among tight ends as shown in the following table. Gronk leads all tight ends in seasons with 10+ receiving touchdowns with five such seasons. He also holds the record for the most touchdowns by a tight end in a season with 17 touchdowns in 2011.
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- Over the last 25 seasons Gronk has the highest receiving yards per target (9.9 yards) and yards per reception (15.1 yards) among all tight ends that were selected to at least one All-Pro First Team.
- Gronk has been selected to more All-Pro First Teams per season than any other tight end (44.4%).
- Gronk is regarded as one of the top blocking tight ends in the modern era. Bill Belichick regarded Mark Bavaro as the best blocking tight end he had seen. He then has high regard for Gronk and says – “He can do a lot of things that I haven’t had many guys, I’d say, other than Bavaro, be able to do”
- Pro Football Reference assigns an approximate value to each player per season. Among tight ends Gronk has the highest AV per season.