Dan Gronkowski
Gronkowski with Denver in August 2011
No. 86, 82, 87     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Amherst, New York
Career information
College: Maryland
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 255
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2009)
Career highlights and awards
* Honorable-mention All-ACC (2008)
Receptions     9
Receiving yards     69
Receiving touchdowns     0
Stats at

Daniel Thomas Gronkowski (born January 21, 1985) is an American businessman and former football tight end. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Maryland. He also played for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

Early yearsEdit

Gronkowski was born in Amherst, New York to parents Gordon, and Diane Walters. He has four brothers, all of whom played college sports; Gordie played baseball as a first baseman at Jacksonville University, Chris received a scholarship from the University of Maryland and played there as a fullback in 2005 and 2006 before transferring to Arizona,[1] Rob was the starting tight end of the New England Patriots (both Dan and Rob were teammates during the 2011 season), and Glenn also played in the NFL. His great-grandfather, Ignatius, was a member of the 1924 U.S. Olympic cycling team in Paris.[2]

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.[1] He was recruited by Maryland, Arizona, Purdue, and Syracuse.[1]


College careerEdit

Gronkowski attended the University of Maryland and sat out the 2004 season 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.[1]

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.[3] He was named an honorable mention All-ACC player.[4]

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 Rhodes Scholar his final year at the University of Maryland.

Professional careerEdit


Draft Countdown assessed him as the 21st-ranked tight end prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft.[5] The NFL Draft Scout ranked him the 11th out of 96 tight end prospects and projected him as a fifth or sixth round selection.[6]

Detroit LionsEdit

Gronkowski was drafted 255th overall (2nd to last) by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 NFL Draft. On June 25, 2009, he signed a three-year $1.21 million deal, which includes a signing bonus of around $26,000.[7] He was waived on September 5, 2009 and signed to the Lions' practice squad a day later.

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.

Denver BroncosEdit

He was traded to the Denver Broncos on September 4, 2010 for cornerback Alphonso Smith.[8] He was released on September 3, 2011.

New England PatriotsEdit

Gronkowski signed with the New England Patriots on September 6, 2011.[9] However, after playing in two games, he was waived on September 23. He re-signed with the team on October 10.[10] On November 8, 2011, Gronkowski was released for a second time.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

After Browns tight end Alex Smith was placed on the Injured Reserve, the Browns signed Gronkowski to a one-year contract on December 20, 2011.[11] On August 31, 2012, he was released by the team but re-signed on January 3, 2013 to a futures deal.[12] He was released by the team again on August 30, 2013.[13]

Business Edit

After his NFL career, Gronkowski joined the family-run businesses including Gronk Fitness where he is in charge of marketing and product development.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Gronkowski has a Bachelor's in Marketing, and has a Master's in Business Administration.[14] He married Brittany Blujus on July 9, 2011 in Buffalo, New York.[15][16] He and Brittany have three children.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Player Bio: Dan Gronkowski Script error, University of Maryland Terrapins football official website, retrieved January 12, 2009.
  2. "Rob Gronkowski - Official New England Patriots Biography". Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  3. 2008 Cumulative Season Statistics Script error, University of Maryland Terrapins football official website, retrieved January 12, 2009.
  4. Maryland Football Places Nine on All-ACC Teams – Terps join Boston College for most all-league honorees Script error, University of Maryland Terrapins Football official website, December 1, 2008.
  5. 2009 NFL Draft, Tight End Rankings Script error, Draft Countdown, retrieved January 12, 2009.
  6. Dan Gronkowski, Maryland, TE, NFL Draft Scout, retrieved April 7, 2009.
  7. "Lions Sign Seventh-Rounder". Retrieved June 25, 2009.
  8. Klis, Mike (September 4, 2010). "Broncos trade CB Alphonso Smith to Detroit for TE Gronkowski". The Denver Post. Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  9. Walker, Monique. "Dan Gronkowski to join the Patriots". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  10. "Reunited (And It Feels So Good) - Bleacher Bum Sports" (in en-US).
  11. "After McCoy concussion, NFL issues new protocol".
  12. "Browns drop one of the Brothers Gronk". Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  13. "Cleveland Browns cut seven players, including six rookies and TE Dan Gronkowski".
  15. Important Occasions (January 1, 2012). "Brittany M. Blujus and Daniel T. Gronkowski". Weddings. Buffalo News (New York). Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  16. December 7, Bee Group Newspapers | on; 2011. "Couple receive guests at Park Country Club | Amherst Bee".
  17. "Dan Gronkowski—What’s He Doing Now?".

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