Gino Gradkowski
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Gradkowski with the Jets in 2018
Free agent
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-05) November 5, 1988 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Seton-La Salle Catholic
(Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania)
College:Delaware
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2012 2014)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVII)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:60
Games started:20
Player stats at NFL.com

Gino Gradkowski (born November 5, 1988) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Delaware. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

College career[edit | edit source]

Gradkowski played college football as a guard and a center. He began his career playing for West Virginia University. He later transferred to the University of Delaware.[1] He started all fifteen games as a junior.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

Gradkowski was drafted in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.[3] In his first season with the team, the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.[4] The game's MVP was Joe Flacco, who was also a transfer to the Delaware Blue Hens. With the retirement of Matt Birk following the 2012 season, Gradkowski became the starting center for the Ravens.[5]

Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

Gradkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos on April 1, 2015, for draft picks.[6] He was waived by the Broncos on September 6.[7]

Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

Gradkowski was picked up off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons on September 7, 2015.[8]

Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

On March 10, 2016, Gradkowski signed a three-year, $3.15 million free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers. He also received a $400,000 signing bonus with $450,000 guaranteed. With Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil starting at center, Gradkowski would act as the backup center and guard.[9] When Kalil left with a shoulder injury in Week 11, Gradkowski became the starting center the next week before suffering a knee injury later that game. Both Gradkowski and Kalil were placed on injured reserve on November 29, 2016.[10]

On September 2, 2017, Gradkowski was placed on injured reserve.[11] He was released on September 8, 2017.

New York Jets[edit | edit source]

On August 15, 2018, Gradkowski signed with the New York Jets.[12] He was released on August 31, 2018.[13]

Denver Broncos (second stint)[edit | edit source]

On November 12, 2018, Gradkowski signed with the Denver Broncos following an injury to Matt Paradis.[14]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Gradkowski is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Gino Gradkowski combine stats and more". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. "Ravens' fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski at a glance." The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  3. "Ravens draft Delaware guard Gradkowski in Round 4". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  4. "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201302030sfo.htm.
  5. Nicki Jhabvala (April 24, 2016). "Gino Gradkowski is eager to jump-start career with Broncos". https://www.denverpost.com/2015/06/14/gino-gradkowski-is-eager-to-jump-start-career-with-broncos/. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. Swanson, Ben (April 1, 2015). "Broncos acquire Gino Gradkowski from Ravens". Denver Broncos. https://web.archive.org/web/20170206093234/http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-acquire-Gino-Gradkowski-from-Ravens/165c5124-91d8-421b-9fa9-28cbe5fa26dd. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  7. Legwold, Jeff (September 6, 2015). "Montee Ball one of two players waived after Broncos' additions". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/13597928/montee-ball-waived-denver-broncos. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  8. "Falcons Awarded C Gradkowski Off Of Waivers". Atlanta Falcons. September 7, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20170113142723/http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/Falcons-Awarded-C-Gradkowski-Off-Of-Waivers/30032b2e-43e1-48de-bb32-379453eccd23.
  9. "Gino Gradkowski player contract". http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/carolina-panthers/gino-gradkowski/. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  10. Henson, Max (November 29, 2016). "Ryan Kalil, Gino Gradkowski placed on IR". https://web.archive.org/web/20170913030005/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Ryan-Kalil-Gino-Gradkowski-placed-on-IR/5d4f6a3d-48f3-476e-b949-9736e0aa48bf.
  11. Henson, Max (September 2, 2017). "Panthers trim roster to 53". Archived from the original on September 20, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170920201032/https://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-trim-roster-to-53/04544b8e-4a01-4568-9141-9ed61d2d4c51.
  12. Allen, Eric (August 15, 2018). "Jets Place Veteran T Ben Ijalana on Injured Reserve". https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/jets-place-veteran-t-ben-ijalana-on-injured-reserve.
  13. Lange, Randy (August 31, 2018). "Jets Cut 18 Players on Their Way to 53-Player Active Roster". https://www.newyorkjets.com/news/jets-cut-18-players-on-their-way-to-53-player-active-roster.
  14. DiLalla, Aric (November 12, 2018). "Broncos place C Matt Paradis on IR, sign C Gino Gradkowski". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-place-c-matt-paradis-on-ir-sign-c-gino-gradkowski.
  15. "Steelers sign Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski to backup Roethlisberger". Fox News Channel. March 13, 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/03/13/steelers-sign-pittsburgh-native-bruce-gradkowski-to-backup-roethlisberger/. Retrieved September 14, 2013.

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