Rob Gronkowski parents: Meet Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters

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Rob Gronkowski, whose full name is Robert James Gronkowski is an American former football tight end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons.

Following a trade with the Oakland Raiders on draft day, Gronkowski was selected by the New England Patriots with the 42nd overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Raiders scouts had rated Gronkowski as the “best all-around player in the draft” in pre-draft evaluations that were made public in May 2016.  On July 25, 2010, he committed to a four-year agreement. With a $1.76 million signing bonus, the deal had a $4.4 million value.

Rob Gronkowski parents, Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters

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His parents are Gordon Gronkowski and Diane Walters. Gronkowski is of Polish descent through his father. His father is a former college football guard for Syracuse University from 1977 to 1981 and later founded a high-end fitness equipment business.

He is a great-grandson of Ignatius Gronkowski who represented the United States in cycling at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, and held five world records in the sport. Gronkowski’s parents divorced in 2008.

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