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How Many Championship Rings Does Rob Gronkowski Have?

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Published August 21, 2023
8 min read

Drafted 42nd overall in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is often called the best at his position ever to live.

Unfortunately, throughout his decade-plus career, Gronkowski dealt with many injuries, including fractures to his back and forearm, injuries to his hip, ankle, knee (including ACL), hamstring, and the list seemingly goes on and on. 

Coming out of Arizona State, concerns over his back made him slip to the second round, but the Patriots couldn’t pass up on him. 

Still just 34 years old, Gronkowski last played in 2021. He holds the record for most touchdowns in a season by a tight end (18) and has the most combined receptions and receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl history. He has 23 receptions for 297 yards in the big game, including missing out on Super Bowl LI.

Here, we’ll explore Gronkowski’s Super Bowl victories and compare him to other NFL legends.

Rob Gronkowski NFL Championship Rings

2014-15: New England Patriots

After losing the Super Bowl in his second season to the New York Giants, the Patriots, and Gronkowski got their revenge a few years later against the Seattle Seahawks and their “Legion of Boom.” 

This game ended with an interception from Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler at the goal line. The Seahawks could’ve run running back Marshawn Lynch up the middle but instead opted for a pass, and the Patriots won 28-24. 

Gronkowski caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in this game. His touchdown catch came just before half-time on a 22-yard play. It would prove necessary as the Seahawks scored after them and just before half-time, making the game tied at 14 each. 

2016-17: New England Patriots

In what was the most remarkable comeback in Super Bowl history, the Patriots were unfortunately without Gronkowski in this game as he was lost for the season in Week 13 due to a back injury. He had 540 receiving yards before needing to sit out the remainder of the season.

So, Gronkowski still got a Super Bowl ring here but could not perform. 

2018-19: New England Patriots

After sitting out the previous Super Bowl win, Gronkowski got a chance to redeem himself two years later against the surging Los Angeles Rams. 

The game would be a defensive battle as the Patriots won 13-3, holding off the Rams and their prolific offense. 

Despite the lack of scoring, Gronkowski still caught another six passes for 87 yards here. He didn’t catch a touchdown, but the same can be said for everyone, as the only touchdown was a Sony Michel two-yard rush. Not the most exciting game ever, but a win nonetheless. 

2020-21: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Following the Super Bowl win against the Rams, Gronkowski announced his retirement on March 24, 2019. 

“I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life... I could play right now if I wanted to play. I’m feeling good. Physically, I could do it. Mentally-wise, desire-wise, it’s not there... I am very satisfied with where I am in life right now. I truly believe going through those tough times, nine years, off the field, on the field, has brought me to this point. I believe I’m on the right path in my life," Gronkowski said.

However, a couple of years later, when Brady left the Patriots and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this encouraged his No. 1 weapon to return to the game, but the Patriots still held his rights.

On April 21, 2020, the Patriots traded his rights to the Buccaneers and a seventh-round pick for a compensatory fourth-round pick. 

Before winning the Super Bowl, Gronkowski ended the regular season with 45 receptions, 623 yards, and seven touchdowns. 

In the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buccaneers dismantled them, winning 31-9. Gronkowski played a massive role in the game, catching another six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. 

After this, Gronkowski played one more season with the Buccaneers, playing 12 games, before retiring for good. 

Comparing Gronkowski’s Rings to the Winningest Players in NFL History

His resume shows that Gronkowski has four rings, and his teams were part of six Super Bowls. As mentioned, he didn’t play in Super Bowl LI but still got a ring. 

Thus, he appeared in five possible Super Bowls and holds many records. 

As you’ll see in the chart below, with four rings, Gronkowski is in elite company. 

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeams Won With

Tom Brady

7

2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Charles Haley

5

1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996

San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys

Ted Hendricks

4

1971, 1977, 1981, 1984

Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders

Marv Fleming

4

1967, 1968, 1973, 1974

Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins

Matt Millen

4

1981, 1984, 1990, 1991

Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins

Bill Romanowski

4

1989, 1990, 1998, 1999

San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos

Adam Vinatieri

4

2002, 2004, 2005, 2007

New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts

Joe Montana

4

1982, 1985, 1989, 1990

San Francisco 49ers

Keena Turner

4

1982, 1985, 1989, 1990

San Francisco 49ers

Eric Wright

4

1982, 1985, 1989, 1990

San Francisco 49ers

NFL Conference Championship Appearances Compared to NFL Legends

In addition to four Super Bowl rings, Gronkowski appeared in six Conference Championship games—five in the AFC and one in the NFC. 

Across these games, Gronkowski has 24 receptions, 388 yards, and two touchdowns. 

However, he missed the Conference Championship game before Super Bowl LI, so he appeared in six of a possible seven. 

Below, you’ll see how he compares with six appearances. 

PlayerFinals AppearancesWinning PercentageYears Appeared in FinalsTeams Appeared With

Tom Brady

14

.714

2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Steve Young

7

.429

1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998

San Francisco 49ers

Joe Montana

7

.571

1982, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994

San Francisco 49ers

Roger Staubach

7

.714

1971, 1972 (2 appearances same year), 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979

Dallas Cowboys

John Elway

6

.833

1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 1999

Denver Broncos

Terry Bradshaw

6

.667

1972, 1974, 1976 (2 appearances same year), 1979, 1980

Pittsburgh Steelers

Aaron Rodgers

5

.200

2008, 2011, 2015, 5017, 2020, 2021

Green Bay Packers

Patrick Mahomes

5

.600

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Kansas City Chiefs

Ben Roethlisberger

5

.600

2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers

Peyton Manning

5

.800

2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016

Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

Donovan McNabb

5

.200

2002, 20223, 2004, 2005, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles

Brett Favre

5

.400

1996, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2010

Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

As you’ll see, with his six appearances, he ties legends like Bradshaw and Elway. Had he not been injured before Super Bowl LI, he’d be tied for second all-time Conference Championship game appearances. 

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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