Former UA tight end Rob Gronkowski was in the spotlight early and often, catching the first two touchdown passes of the night to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blow out the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV.
Gronk, who came out of retirement to join Tom Brady and the Bucs, has now won four Super Bowls and is one of just eight players to a catch pass in four different Super Bowls. He and Brady set a playoff record for most passing touchdowns by a quarterback-pass catcher tandem in NFL history (14).
Gronk is also just one of two players with multiple TD catches in multiple Super Bowls. The other being Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver of all time.
Gronk’s first TD came with 37 seconds left in the first quarter. He caught a short pass in the flat and scampered into the end zone untouched to give the Bucs a 7-3 lead.
Gronk found paydirt again midway through the second quarter, snaring an 18-yard pass in the back of the end zone to push the lead to 14-3.
Gronk finished with six catches for 66 yards, making him Tampa’s leading receiver. At this point, he has cemented himself as a Hall of Famer, pairing those four Super Bowl rings with 8,484 career receiving yards and 86 career touchdowns.
The 31-year-old is now a free agent but has an open invite to coach Arizona’s spring game on April 24. You can bet Jedd Fisch is going to use Gronk’s stardom to promote the UA program.