Today marks a very important day in Patriots history, the day the one and only Rob Gronkowski came into the world, 26 years ago. As Gronk celebrates his birthday, we're celebrating the 87 reasons we love him – although, let's be honest, there are a lot more than that.
1. 55 career touchdowns
2. Six career postseason touchdown receptions
3. Pro Bowl selection, 2014
4. The Gronk Spike
10. helping raise $3.2 million and supporting 1,000 pediatric cancer patients and their families each year…
11. and making the commute a lot less boring for drivers around Massachusetts.
12. Pro Bowl selection, 2012
13. Most touchdown receptions by a rookie in Patriots history (10)
14. He's too fast and athletic to be covered by a linebacker.
15. He's too big to be covered by a safety.
16. He can pull off a feather boa,
17. or a crazy wig.
18. His generosity on Halloween
19. Most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (1,327 in 2011)
21. and core workouts
22. and so many shirtless pics…
24. even way back in the day
25. He can rock a shirt and tie too,
26. and isn't afraid to make a fashion statement every once in a while.
28. Aren't they so cute together?
29. Fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 50 career touchdowns (59 games)
30.* *Appreciation for all the Patriots "sexy" linemen
31. Pro Bowl selection, 2011
32. Magic Mike? More like Magic Gronk.
33. Love for New England's other teams https://www.facebook.com/RobGronkowski/photos/a.659048467470687.1073741825.112797068762499/867806073261591/?type=1&theater
34. Two-time Pepsi Rookie Player of the Week, 2010
35. Happy Gronk
36. Serious Gronk
37. Funny Gronk
39. The breakfast of champions
40. AP Comeback Player of the Year, 2014
- First tight end in NFL history with three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons
47. Most 10-plus touchdown seasons in Patriots history (4)
48. Gronk hates losing
49. but he really loves Patriots fans
50. and they return the favor.
51. Devastating blocking
52. A pretty touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX
53. Throwing former-Colts safety Sergio Brown "out of the club."
54. Those dance moves
55. They just keep getting better and better.
56. The on-the-field version is good too.
57. It never gets old.
58. The T-shirt battle with JE11
59. PFW/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year, 2014
63. Most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season (18 in 2011)
64. The first CD he ever bought, "Backstreet's Back" by the Backstreet Boys
66. The "little nutcracker dude" touchdown dance at Wembley
69. Foreign language skills
71. First tight end to ever lead the conference in scoring (108 points in 2011)
72. Played every offensive snap during Super Bowl XLIX
73. Life skills
74. He hasn't forgotten his roots.