Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may seem a little immature at the surface. When it comes to his finances, the future Hall of Famer certainly isn’t dumb.
After saving all the salary money he made throughout his NFL career, as well as what’s leftover in endorsements, Gronk has an estimated net worth that definitely matches up with his gigantic personality. And he’s not even done playing.
Robert James Gronkowski may be the best tight end in the history of the National Football League and professional football, though knee and back injuries led to his early retirement (or so we thought). Gronk grew up in Amherst, New York and attended Williamsville North High School before playing his senior season at Woodland Hills High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After high school, he played two seasons at the University of Arizona where he was a Freshman All-American, then later was named First-Team All-Pac 10 as a sophomore. After sitting out his junior season following back surgery, Gronkowski was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Rob Gronkowski’s NFL Career
Gronk played nine seasons — all with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in Massachusetts — winning three Super Bowls, including one in his last year against the Los Angeles Rams, catching six passes for 87 yards in that game. The final catch of his career was 29-yard reception down the seam that led to the game-winning touchdown.
In those nine seasons, Gronk caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the AFC five times and was a First-Team All-Pro selection on four occasions. He ranks 85th in NFL history in receiving yards and dominated in the playoffs, ranking eighth in playoff receptions (82), eighth in yards (1,177), and second in receiving touchdowns (12).
It won’t take long before Gronkowski’s No. 87 jersey is retired in Foxborough, and this is one jersey every single NFL fan alive today will remember forever. Gronk’s health became a concern, which is why he retired after the 2018 season and spent the entire 2019 season away from football.
The four-time All-Pro football player shocked everyone and came out of retirement to play for Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2020 season affected by the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak. The Patriots traded the three-time Super Bowl champion to the Bucs in a deal that involved multiple draft picks.
Wouldn’t you know it, Gronk and Brady are once again playing in the playoffs. The Buccaneers beat the Washington Football Team and New Orleans Saints to advance to the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. That must be weird considering he used to be a staple in the AFC Championship game.
Is Gronk’s return just for a single season? We’ll wait and see.
Salary & NFL Contracts
In nine seasons before returning in 2020, Gronkowski only made $24.7 million in contract money with just one season making more than $5 million. There were 18 tight ends in the NFL who made at least that much in 2019, and Gronk is arguably better than every single one of them.
Thankfully, the extra signing bonus and incentives in his contracts helped him rack up quite a bit of money. And with smart spending habits, he retired an extremely wealthy man.
It is easy to assume because of his crazy partying that Gronkowski was spending loads of money on crazy stuff that NFL players have been known to do, like racking up thousands of dollars in bar tabs, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are few professional athletes who have the financial maturity of Gronkowski.
According to Spotrac, Gronkowski is making more than $9 million in 2020. He has earned more than $62 million in the NFL, a majority of which came from a six-year, $54 million contract.
With the help of endorsement deals with Tide, Nike, Dunkin’ Donuts, Visa, T-Mobile, Lyft, Cheerios, BodyArmor SuperDrink and Monster Energy, Gronk was able to go his entire NFL career without spending any money from his actual football contracts, saving a majority of his first $50+ million in career earnings.
Gronkowski’s life after football doesn’t appear to be slowing down, as he’s begun investing in various businesses like Gronk Fitness Products and does appearances for big-name brands. He even signed with WWE and hosted WrestleMania.
Rob Gronkowski Net Worth
Even though he has saved so much money throughout his pro career, Rob Gronkowski’s net worth is estimated at about $45 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. There is still a ton of money for the football player to make outside the sport, too, but it’s clear he’s not quite done playing.
Now that he’s back in the NFL, the American football superstar tight end will only add to the great wealth he has accumulated over the last decade and show how well his recent partnership with CBDMedic has worked in returning him to a healthy state, both physically and mentally.
Man, it’s good to be Gronk.