Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski was one of the key cogs in the machine that has transformed the NFL. Since the success of Brady with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, there has been a great demand for big, fast, catch passing tight ends. Offenses now line-up with two tight-ends quite often.
While Gronkowski has had some off the field mishaps, his on the field play has been vital to the Patriot’s dominant offense. At the time of his injury, no one had caught more touchdown passes over the last three years than Gronkowski (38 TDs).
He did have back surgery in college, but this surgery is not the same part of the back that was operated on previously, which is very good news for the Patriots.
Gronkowski will have his surgery on Tuesday, with his availability for the start of the regular season up in the air.
Here are some of the highlights of his career: