New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski earned his fourth career First Team All Pro nomination, earning himself the maximum incentives in his restructured contract for 2017. The Associated Press released the results on Friday.
Gronkowski finished the season with 1,084 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, leading the tight end position in yardage despite missing two games. He is also regarded as one of the top blocking tight ends in the NFL.
Quarterback Tom Brady was also named First Team All Pro after leading the NFL with 4,577 passing yards and ranking third with 32 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 102.8.
Congratulations to both Gronkowski and Brady. We will have information on whether any Patriots were named to the Second Team when the results are fully released.
Update: Special teams captain Matthew Slater was named Second Team All Pro special teamer with 6 votes, behind Arizona Cardinals special teamer Budda Baker with 30 votes. Slater played just 9 games this year, so this is, uh, an impressive outcome.
Gronkowski received 2 votes as flex offensive player, Stephen Gostkowski received 3 votes at kicker, and Devin McCourty received 1 vote at safety. No other Patriots received votes.
Only Brady, Gronkowski, and Slater are considered All Pros for 2017.