By Eric Schmidt

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been named the AFC Player of the week. Gronkowski has had a record-setting season at the tight end position this season, shattering the touchdown receiving record for tight ends in NFL history.

Gronkowski has recorded 15 receiving touchdowns this season breaking the former NFL record of 13, a record jointly shared with San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (2009) and San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (2004). Gronkowski also added a rushing touchdown.

The Patriots tight end is within striking distance of another all-time NFL record as well. He currently has 71 receptions for 1,088 yards. The all-time tight end single season receiving yardage record is currently held by San Diego Chargers great, TE Kellen Winslow. In 1980, Winslow recorded 1,280 yards. Gronkowski needs 203 yards in the last three games in order to eclipse Winslow’s mark. Averaging 83.7 yards per game, the record appears within reach.

 

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