Dan CLEVELAND BROWNS
In the Beginning – Dan Gronkowski was born January 21, 1985 in Amherst, New York to parents Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Gronkowski. His father played offensive guard for the University of Syracuse. His great-grandfather, Ignatius, was a member of the 1924 U.S. Olympic Cycling team in Paris.
Dan Gronkowski is the second-oldest of five brothers. Meet the bros;
- Bro # 1 Gordie, Jr. – Played Division 1 baseball at Jacksonville University and was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 2006. (Loves Fitness!)
- Bro # 2 Dan – Played tight end at Maryland and was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft. Currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. (Takes the longest to get dressed)
- Bro # 3 Chris – Fullback for the Denver Broncos. (Still holds high school lifting records)
- Bro # 4 Rob – Played football at Arizona where he shattered all receiving and touchdown records. Currently starting Tight End New England Patriots. (Can speak English and Spanish)
- Bro # 5 Glenn – Currently a freshman at Kansas State University. (Favorite day of the week is tuesdays!)
Dan Gronkowski attended Williamsville North High School where he played football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey. He was a two-year starting quarterback and a one-year starting wide receiver. As a sophomore in 2001, he set a then-school record with 539 receiving yards. During his senior year in 2003, he completed 122 of 207 passes for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns, all of which were school records. He was named the league offensive Most Valuable Player.
Gronkowski sat out 2004 as a redshirt. In 2005, he saw action in five games and made two receptions for 37 yards, including a career-long 25-yard touchdown reception from Sam Hollenbach. In 2006, he saw action in all 13 games including nine starts. He had two receptions for 11 yards. He received the George Boutselis Memorial Award for team’s highest GPA. In 2007, Gronkowski played in 11 games including eight starts and caught seven passes for 66 yards. He received the team’s C.P. “Lefty” McIntosh Award for public service.
In 2008, he played in all 13 games and started in 12. He caught 29 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, including one matching his career-long 25-yard reception in 2005. He also some action on special teams and returned two kicks for eight and four yards. He was named an honorable mention All-ACC player.
He earned a degree in marketing and was pursuing an MBA when he was drafted. He was also in the process to be nominated as a Rhode Scholar his final year at the University of Maryland.
Draft Countdown assessed him as the 21st-ranked tight end prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Scout ranked him the 11th out of 96 tight end prospects and projected him as a fifth or sixth round selection.
Gronkowski was drafted 255th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft. On June 25, 2009 he signed a three-year contract.
Gronkowski was promoted to the active roster on December 1, 2009 after tight end Brandon Pettigrew was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury. He caught his first pass against the Baltimore Ravens on December 13. He was waived on December 17, and re-signed to Lions’ practice squad on December 20. After his practice squad contract expired, Gronkowski was signed to a future reserve contract on January 5, 2010.
He was traded to the Denver Broncos on September 4, 2010 for cornerback Alphonso Smith. He was released on September 3, 2011.
New England Patriots
Gronkowski signed with the New England Patriots on September 6, 2011.
Gronkowski signed with the Cleveland Browns on December 23, 2011.