With the chance to become the fourth brother in his family to play in the NFL, Glenn Gronkowski could provide any team someone capable of playing several different positions.
While the name will always pop out based on what his brother has done over the years, Glenn Gronkowski wants to create his own niche in the NFL if given the opportunity.
At 6-foot-2, 238 pounds, he’s not set at tight end.
While he played fullback during three active seasons at Kansas State, Gronkowski also worked at fullback and slot receiver during a week of practices for January’s Senior Bowl.
“Not just one position, I mean three positions, they had me at slot receiver, they had me at tight end, they had me at fullback,” Gronkowski told reporters at the Senior Bowl via BaltimoreRavens.com. “So, to learn three different positions in that short amount of time and a whole new offense, whole new verbiage and all that, it’s definitely been difficult, but definitely want to go out there and show that I can learn and adjust to that stuff.”
At Kansas State, Gronkowski appeared in 39 games, starting all 13 games during the 2015 season.
Gronkowski set the school record for average yards per reception for players who had at least 15 catches, as he totaled 24.6 yards per catch.
In his final season in Manhattan, Kan., Gronkowski started all 13 games with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown while also tallying 45 rushing yards on 11 carries, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors in the process.
With the ability to potentially play multiple positions on offense, along with being a potential special teams contributor, Gronkowski has no preference of what he might do for an NFL team.
“Everything,” Gronkowski said of where he’s most comfortable playing. “I mean, I think how they had me playing out here, that’s exactly what I can do at the next level. Playing H-back, playing fullback, playing tight end, playing slot receiver, playing on all the special teams, just playing everywhere, being used wherever I possibly can.”
If Gronkowski makes it to the NFL this year, whether it be through the draft or even as a college free agent, he will be the fourth brother to play professionally.
“I’m actually the first one to come to the Senior Bowl, but just being around them growing up, just watching all the hard work they put in, all the dedication, having all the discipline, doing everything eight, never being in trouble, that’s what you have to do to have success,” Gronkowski said. “So just to watch that, it’s definitely helped.”
While the prospect of playing in New England with his brother would certainly be a media magnet (Glenn has never been on a team with any of his brothers), he just wants to add a new legacy to the Gronkowski name.
He’ll get his chance to do so soon enough.
It’s been a goal of ours our whole lives to do this, we’ve been training since we were small, so you’ve definitely got to love it to be part of this family,” Gronkowski said. “We like to have fun, we like to work hard, and like I said, always staying out of trouble and always doing the right things, so it’s definitely fun to be part of this family.”