Rob Gronkowski received Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors in 2014. And on Friday, the New England Patriots tight end received another honor as he was named Comeback Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.
The 22nd recipient of the award missed all of training camp and the first six games of the 2013 season with a back injury, before tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns.
He was placed on injured reserve less than a week later, ending his campaign with 39 catches for 592 yards and four touchdowns over seven games. But Gronkowski was back on the field only eight months later for the start of the 2014 regular season.
The 25-year-old has since caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns over 15 games, reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career and leading all NFL tight ends in receiving yards, receiving yards per game and tying for first in touchdowns.
He added another seven for 108 yards and a touchdown in team’s divisional playoff game last week.
Gronkowski is now the third Patriots player to earn Comeback Player of the Year honors from the PFWA, joining wide receiver Randy Moss in 2007 and quarterback Tom Brady in 2009.