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It’s now 48 days until K-State football, with a spotlight on #48 Glenn Gronkowski. Word on the street is, the Gronkowski family name has had a little bit of success in the sports world. In fact, Glenn has three brother currently playing in the NFL (Dan, Rob, and Chris), as well as an older brother Gordie who played in the Angel’s organization for the MLB. To say there may be a football pedigree in the family is an understatement. So where does he fit in with the Wildcats?
Glenn’s most famous brother, Rob, is a tight end for the Patriots and is among the best in the league when he’s not injured or partying to excess (actually, even then, he’s one of the best in the league). Chris is currently a fullback with San Diego while Dan is a tight end for Cleveland. While Rob and Dan are in the 6’5″ height range, Chris is a bit shorter which helps explain his position as a fullback. Glenn is 6’3″ – about as tall as Chris – and projects to be a fullback for K-State as well.
This is not to say that Glenn couldn’t play tight end at K-State, but the team appears to already be loaded at the position with a nice battle between Andre McDonald and Zach Trujillo going down for the starting spot. However, there’s a major hole open after fullback Braden Wilson was drafted by the Chiefs in April, and Glenn will look to fill this spot. If and when he does, look for him to play a serious offensive threat. During the spring game he had four rushes out of the FB position for 19 yards while also catching two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown – plus a two point conversion.
Glenn was a two-star recruit out of high school where he was recruited as a play wide receiver, and had limited interest coming out of Williamsville, NY. However, there’s no reason he shouldn’t see the field as an important contributor his redshirt freshman year.