Gronk saves NFL salary, lives off endorsements

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski poses for a photo during the game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers at TD Garden on Feb. 14.Photo: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Gronkowski: "If you see my NFL money, how much I've made -- I got way more than that, baby."

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may embrace the image of a carefree party-boy, but the affable star is all business when dealing with his money.

Gronkowski, who has made approximately $45 million in his NFL career, told Maverick Carter that his net worth is greater than that because he lives off the money that comes from endorsements, namely Dunkin' Donuts and Tide.

"If you see my NFL money, how much I've made -- I got way more than that, baby," the 29-year-old Gronkowski told Carter on Uninterrupted's "Kneading Dough."

The stingy Gronkowski, who is in the midst of a six-year, $54 million contract, said he decided to treat himself with a gold chain last season -- provided he met the following requirements:

"If I hit all my incentives, if I do everything I need to do, get all my bonuses, put all the work in, I got to finally treat myself," Gronkowski said. "It's been eight years and I haven't really bought anything in my career."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games last season.

A second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski has been a touchdown machine since joining the team, reaching double digits in five of his eight seasons, including a career-high 17 in 2011.

Gronkowski has surpassed 1,000 yards four times and has 474 receptions for 7,179 yards in 102 career games (89) starts. His 76 touchdown catches rank third on the all-time list among tight ends, behind Antonio Gates (114) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

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