To some of you, he’s just “a football guy”. For others, he’s just a football guy that happens to dance like that one relative at your cousin’s wedding who you hope to God isn’t driving themselves home. Football fans know Rob Gronkowski as one of the NFL’s biggest stars of the past decade, packing a lot of accomplishments and moments of fame into a staggering nine-year career with the New England Patriots.
As far as crossover athletes go, the man known as “Gronk” seems to fit the bill of what WWE covets: impressive size (standing 6’6″ tall and weighing in excess of 250 pounds), tremendous athleticism, and an abundance of personality. Plus, he’s a huge fan of pro graps. The fact that Gronkowski retired last year just shy of his 30th birthday could spell a lengthy future inside the ring for himself, if that’s what he wants.
For those of you still scratching your head into just who in the hell the dancing fool from Friday’s SmackDown was, here’s a little extra insight into WrestleMania 36’s guest host.
Playing tight end, it didn’t take long for Gronkowski to establish himself as one of the best ever to play the position. Drafted by the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski quickly became an integral part of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady’s offense. In his second season, the overpowering Gronk caught 17 touchdown passes, the most in a season by a tight end in the NFL’s 100 year history.
The prior record was 13, and, as of today, there have been only seven instances of a player catching 13 or more in one season. Nobody’s touched Gronkowski’s record as it currently stands.