Turney: Evaluating Gronk's chances of becoming a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer
If, as some people suspect, Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski retires this offseason, there will be the inevitable question: Is he a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer?
NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal dives into that question by analyzing Gronk’s numbers over his nine-year career and makes a case for the guy.
But there are two mitigating factors: 1) He hasn’t played a complete season since 2011, and 2) there’s only been one first-ballot Hall-of-Famer at tight end.
That was Tony Gonzalez, and he was just elected to the Class of 2019.
It took John Mackey 15 years to be elected. It took Mike Ditka 12. It took Kellen Winslow three. So what does that mean for Gronk? Turney breaks it all down here. Just click on the following attachment: