In lieu of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, I thought that it would be fun to take a look at some of his most memorable moments (both on and off the field) as a member of the Patriots.
1. 46-yard touchdown against the Bears (Week 8, 2014)
During this jaw-dropping play, Gronk truly showed why some of his teammates referred to him as ‘Beast Mode’, as he plowed his way through the hapless Bears’ defense en route to a 46-yard score.
2. Clutch catches against the Broncos (2016 AFC Championship Game)
Although the Broncos ultimately emerged victorious, Gronk almost carried the Patriots to Super Bowl 50 by himself, as he reeled in two clutch catches on fourth down, including a touchdown, which put the Pats in position to try a two-point conversion to tie the game (which would end up unsuccessful).
3. Throwing Sergio Brown ‘out of the club’ (Week 11, 2014)
This game against the Colts was very one-sided, as the Pats easily won 42-20. However, it did gain a lot of attention due to Gronk’s dedication towards finishing off a block on Colts safety Sergio Brown, long after the Pats had scored a rushing touchdown. As Gronk later told NBC’s Cris Collinsworth, Brown had been chirping throughout the game, which led the 6-foot-6 behemoth to toss the overmatched safety ‘out of the club’.
4. Sinking the Steelers at Heinz Field (Week 15, 2017)
For most of this contest, the Patriots’ offense was listless, and required a win against the Steelers in order to have a chance of securing the AFC’s #1 seed. When the Pats needed a spark, Gronk was there to provide it, as he caught 3 catches for 69 yards, along with a two-point conversion that helped the Pats escape Heinz Field with a win.
5. Touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIX
Gronk had 6 catches for 68 yards during the Patriots’ victory against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, with his major highlight being this 22-yard touchdown, where he easily beat Seattle’s single-coverage en route to a Super Gronk Spike.
6. “Yo soy fiesta” (January 2012)
Nothing summed up Gronk’s pure goofiness more than this clip from an ESPN Deportes interview, where he humorously said, “Yo soy fiesta”, in reference to his love for partying.
7. Stealing Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey at Fenway Park (April 2017)
One of the major postgame stories from the Pats’ dramatic win in Super Bowl LI was the mystery surrounding Tom Brady’s missing jersey. The jersey was ultimately recovered in Mexico, and Brady brought it to Fenway Park in April 2017 when the Red Sox were honoring the Super Bowl champs. Gronk snatched the jersey from Brady, which caused TB12 to chase him down and playfully tackle him on the diamond.
8. His last catch (Super Bowl LIII)
For most of the 2018 season, Gronk was not at his best, due to the lingering effects of multiple injuries. However, he was clutch when the team needed him in the playoffs, as evidenced by the last catch of his career, which was a 29-yard seam route in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII that put the Patriots in position to take the lead, and finish off the Rams.
9. Awe-inspiring touchdown against the Chiefs (Week 11, 2011)
During the 2011 season, Gronk continued to show the rest of the NFL that he was one of the league’s premier tight ends. In Week 11 against the Chiefs, Gronk recorded his 20th career touchdown on a play that saw him land awkwardly on his neck as he plunged towards the end zone. Plays like this showcase the determination he brought week after week whenever the Patriots needed him.
10. British-inspired Gronk Spike (Week 8, 2012)
During a lopsided Patriots victory against the Rams at London’s Wembley Stadium, Gronk took inspiration from Buckingham Palace’s Changing of the Guard in order to craft a unique touchdown celebration.