Number two Buccaneers tight end: Rob Gronkowski (2020-2021)
Coming in at the deuce we finally get to Gronk. With him and Brate on this list, it means that for the new millennium roaring ’20s the Bucs have had two top-five tight ends in franchise history on the roster at the same time. Pretty neat.
Depending on who you ask, Gronkowski very well could be the greatest tight end to ever lace up a pair of football cleats (more on that in a bit). That said, we can’t sit here and pretend that the majority of his art didn’t come as a member of the New England Patriots. Granted, we did recently rank Tom Brady as the greatest quarterback the Buccaneers have ever had, but that’s a different situation considering he changed the success, and relevancy, of the entire franchise.
This isn’t to say Gronk hasn’t been great in a Bucs uniform though. His 13 touchdowns with the Buccaneers is already one behind Keean McCardell, and three more than Ron Hall who we discussed earlier.
Gronk has also been huge for the Buccaneers in the playoffs, catching three more touchdowns in the biggest games. His pair of touchdown grabs in Super Bowl LV were the first two of the game and were a glimpse into what shellacking was in store for the Kansas City Chiefs on the game’s biggest stage.
We now know what the future will hold when it comes to Gronkowski and the Buccaneers. What we also know, is that even in retirement his spot on the ranking of past and present Tampa tight ends is secure.