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Hall of Fame start?

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12/05/2011
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has already had a season of historic proportions in 2011. His five-catch, 64-yard, two-TD performance against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday tied him with Antonio Gates (2004) and Vernon Davis (2009) for the most TD receptions by a tight end in a single season in NFL history. Gronkowski also added a rushing touchdown to help the Patriots defeat the Colts 31-24. No tight end has had at least two receiving touchdowns and a rushing TD in the same game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Although Gronkowski is only in his second season out of the University of Arizona, he has had quite a career to this point. His season performance has him on pace to pull in 87 receptions for 1,237 yards and 17 TDs. He already holds the all-time mark for most TDs over the first two seasons by a tight end.

Two seasons, however, does not make a Pro Football Hall of Fame career. But, here's a look into how Gronkowski's first two NFL seasons compared to the first two years of the eight tight ends enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
2010 New England Patriots 16 42 546 13.0 10
2011 New England Patriots 12 65 928 14.3 13
Total   28 107 1474 13.8 23
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1974 Oakland Raiders 14 4 26 6.5 3
1975 Oakland Raiders 14 5 71 14.2 1
Total   28 9 97 10.8 4
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1961 Chicago Bears 14 56 1076 19.2 12
1962 Chicago Bears 14 58 904 15.6 5
Total   28 114 1980 17.4 17
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1963 Baltimore Colts 14 35 726 20.7 7
1964 Baltimore Colts 14 22 406 18.5 2
Total   28 57 1132 19.9 9
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1978 Cleveland Browns 16 38 589 15.5 2
1979 Cleveland Browns 16 55 781 14.2 9
Total   32 93 1370 14.7 11
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1968 Detroit Lions 14 40 533 13.3 1
1969 Detroit Lions 14 42 656 15.6 3
Total   28 82 1189 14.5 4
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1990 Denver Broncos 16 7 99 14.1 1
1991 Denver Broncos 16 22 322 14.6 1
Total   32 29 421 14.5 2
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1963 St. Louis Cardinals 14 28 445 15.9 2
1964 St. Louis Cardinals 14 47 657 14 4
Total   28 75 1102 14.7 6
             
Year Team G Rec Yards Avg. TDs
1979 San Diego Chargers 7 25 255 10.2 2
1980 San Diego Chargers 16 89 1290 14.5 9
Total   23 114 1545 13.6 11
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