Rob Gronkowski Becomes 1st Tight End with 4 10-Touchdown Seasons

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffDecember 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA-  DECEMBER 7:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 7, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski became the first tight end to reach the end zone 10 times in four different seasons when he caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the the second quarter of Sunday's 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Gronk is the latest in the receiving tight end revolution that swept the league, beginning with names like Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. Now, the position requires the versatility to both block in the run game and contribute as a receiver in the passing game.

His adversary at tight end Sunday, the 34-year-old Gates, could become the second tight end to complete the feat if he can find pay dirt in any of San Diego's three remaining games this season.

The most impressive part of Gronkowski's achievement, however, is the fact that he has reached the 10-touchdown plateau in four of just five seasons in the league.

The 25-year-old failed to reach the threshold for the first time last season, which can largely be attributed to forearm and knee injuries that limited Gronkowski to seven games.

The two-time All-Pro has returned to his old form this year, grabbing 73 balls for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns through 13 games.

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If his current pace holds, Gronkowski will have the second-most productive season of his career behind only a 2011 campaign during which he finished with 90 catches for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. Pro-Football-Reference.com indicates the 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns both represent single-season records for a tight end.

If Gronkowski can stay reasonably healthy throughout the remainder of his career, many of the position's all-time records could bear his name.


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