New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't a candidate to win the league's Most Valuable Player award.
He's not a quarterback, like Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Tony Romo, or Ben Roethlisberger.
He's not a running back, like Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, Le'Veon Bell, or DeMarco Murray.
He's not a wide receiver, like Dez Bryant, Odell Beckham Jr., or Calvin Johnson.
He's not J.J. Watt, the darling of the NFL.
According to Bovada, Rob Gronkowski isn't considered an MVP candidate at all, and that's just so, so wrong.
Gronk is behind nineteen quarterbacks, on a list that includes Andy Dalton and Sam Bradford.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a 20/1 favorite to be named MVP, which is the tied for sixth best behind Rodgers, Luck, Peterson (!), Watt, and Peyton. It's fairly easy to think of a scenario where Gronkowski is the most consistent player on the Patriots offense in 2015, where he could steal the nod away from Brady.
And Bryan, Beckham, and Calvin all sit at 25/1 odds. Why shouldn't Gronkowski be in that grouping? It wouldn't be shocking if Gronk caught more touchdowns than all of them, and he'll be right with them in yardage.
Anyone that doesn't have Gronkowski as one of the ten most valuable players for the 2015 season isn't doing their job correctly.