February 9, 2007

Family tradition

Take a look at UA signee Rob Gronkowski's high school accolades and at first glancef you would think that the kid is the star athlete of his family.

Rivals.com's 4th ranked tight end in the country, Gronkowski is ranked as one of the nation's top 250 players. He's also a SuperPrep All-American, a PrepStar All-American, one of ESPN's Top 150 players, first-team Class 4A All-State, part of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" team and first-team all-conference, he made the Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33" team and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" team.

That's not even to mention making first-team All-Western New York and second team all-state as a junior and playing in the East meets West All-America game this January.

And all that is just in football. As a junior in basketball, Gronkowski earned first-team all-conference after averaging 22.6 points and 13.5 games for Williamsville North High School in New York.

If he hadn't concentrated on football, Gronkowski would probably be one of the nation's most sought after pitching prospects in baseball.

How could a kid that accomplished so much in high school not be the star athlete of his family?

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