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    Gronk Retiring

    I don't really follow football much anymore and plan on quitting my long time fantasy football league as I've been phoning it in for years, but I was curious if the consensus was the Gronk was the TE GOAT. On a per game basis, it is hard to argue he is not, but he has played way less games than Tony G and Antonio Gates, the two guys that outclass him in overall stats. I have no dog in this fight. I was just surprised, on reflecting, that I realized this was even a real question. I never saw Gronk as the GOAT, maybe in part because he is such a goofball, but his per game stats are otherworldly, he was very clutch, and his postseason numbers are next level. I still see Tony G as the TE GOAT, as I was aware of his game to game career much more (I followed football more during his career than during the second half of Gronk's), and Gates is my number 2, but I can certainly see the perspective that Gronk holds that title above both of them.

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    So Gronk is Barry Sanders to Tony G's Emmitt Smith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    So Gronk is Barry Sanders to Tony G's Emmitt Smith?
    Ah, analogies I can relate to, back when I used to really watch football and enjoy it--man, did I love watching Barry Sanders do his magic behind that awful line. I always advocated for Barry being better. Emmitt has one of the best offensive lines I have ever seen in my lifetime. Who knows what Barry could have done behind that line! I guess this shows an inconsistency in my rankings here. I had Barry better. Maybe I should also have Gronk ahead of Tony G. But the other factor is style of play. I favor finesse/skill over phsyical gifts. Sanders was poetry in motion.

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    Gronk is the GOAT of TEs, absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revo View Post
    Gronk is the GOAT of TEs, absolutely.
    I was wondering about Kellen Winslow...my google search led me to this. Didn't realize Gonzalez was a 14 time pro bowler

    https://athlonsports.com/nfl/25-grea...ds-nfl-history

    3. Rob Gronkowski
    New England 2010-18, Tampa Bay 2020-Present

    4-time first-team All-Pro, 5-time Pro Bowler

    Super Bowl XLIX, LI, LIII, LV champion


    1. Tony Gonzalez
    Kansas City 1997-2008; Atlanta 2009-13

    6-time first-team All-Pro, 14-time Pro Bowler

    270 games – 1,325 catches, 15,127 yards (11.4 ypc), 111 TDs

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    Yawn. Gronk retires every year just to avoid training camp.
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    Gronk: 9 yrs, 621 receptions, 9286 yds, 92 TDs (plus 1 rushing TD)

    Tony Gonz: 17 yrs, 1,325 receptions, 15,127 yds, 111 TDs


    Tony only played six games in the playoffs and was very good in those games, but Gronk had a fantastic postseason career with 15 TDs in 22 games. Gronk is one of the best all-time at scoring touchdowns. Gonzales was no slouch there, but nowhere near Gronk. But really tough to ignore Tony's counting stats, which pretty much double Gronk's. Pretty close, imo.
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