Football has always been a family affair in the Gronkowski household.
And with Glenn Gronkowski officially signing with the Buffalo Bills to play for their hometown team, they’ve now had a whopping four brothers play in the NFL –- with the fifth having played professional baseball.
If you’re trouble keeping track of the prowess of this family, here’s a simple breakdown for you (in order of age):
Gordie Gronkowski Jr.: The First a.k.a. G$
College: Jacksonville University
MLB: Los Angeles Angels
Dan Gronkowski: The Brains
NFL: Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns as a tight end
Chris Gronkowski: The Sleeper
College: Maryland and then University of Arizona
NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers as a fullback
Rob Gronkowski: The Gronk
College: University of Arizona
NFL: New England Patriots as a tight end (duh!)
Glenn Gronkowski: Goose
College: Kansas State
NFL: Buffalo Bills as a fullback
And then of course, Gordy Gronkowski Sr. – Papa Gronk and The Creator – played football at Syracuse before building his business empire G&G Fitness.
The NFL has had its fair share of football families with deep ancestry such as the Mannings, the Longs, the Hasselbeck brothers and the Barber Twins, but most of them have to cross different generations to bolster their numbers.
Only the Fuller family can boast having four siblings in the NFL. Vincent Fuller played safety for seven seasons with the Titans (2005-10); Patriots (2011) and Lions (2011); Corey Fuller played for the Vikings, Bears and Ravens; Kyle Fuller plays for the Bears; and Kendall Fuller is a cornerback for the Washington Redskins.
The only other family in NFL history that has matched that feat was the Browners (Jim, Joey, Keith and Ross) back in the ’80s and ’90s.
In addition, Ross’ son Max played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Keith’s son, Keith Browner, Jr. was on the Houston Texans but is currently a free agent.
As for the future generation of Gronks, Dan already has two sons and there’s sure to be more athletic kids in the future – so world domination (or at least football domination!) could be imminent in the years to come.