There are a few well-known athletes who have managed to cross over and become pop culture icons, in addition to their status as sports heroes. A few names that spring to mind include Michael Jordan and LeBron James. However, there is another young football player who has been making waves among pop culture fans in recent years. Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Super Bowl champion, has managed to achieve a lot in his decade-plus in the game. As acclaimed as Gronk is on the field, his accomplishments in the world of entertainment have also made him a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a closer look at Rob Gronkowski’s movie and TV credits.
Gronkowski is a Super Bowl champion and acclaimed NFL player
Gronkowski was born in New York in 1989. He first developed his football skills in college, playing for the University of Arizona and winning several awards for his prowess. The Patriots drafted Gronkowski in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and it was with the Patriots that Gronkowski first rose to fame. The young man was with the team for eight years, playing in several Super Bowl games — until he shocked everyone in early 2019 by announcing that he would be taking a break from football.
In April 2020, the Patriots traded Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ever since, Gronkowski, who has become known as “Gronk” to his millions of fans, has been receiving even more praise. In addition to his work in football, Gronkowski has been consistently involved in other projects as well, including multiple movies and television shows.
Rob Gronkowski’s movie and TV credits are extensive
Gronkowski’s popularity on the field has led to a plethora of TV and movie credits, including a highly-publicized appearance on the 2015 movie Entourage, in which he played himself. A few TV shows that he has appeared in include American Violence and You Can’t Have It. Gronkowski has also lent his voice to animated shows such as The Simpsons and an episode of Family Guy. The football star has worked with television power players like Gordon Ramsey, on an episode of 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
Most notably, Gronkowski competed on the mystery singing show The Masked Singer, even making it to the Super Nine and shocking the judges when he removed his mask. Gronkowski hasn’t hesitated to leverage his business acumen either, appearing as a guest shark on the ABC show Shark Tank.
Due to his overwhelming popularity with fans — even those who don’t normally follow football — Gronkowski has been an in-demand presence for music videos as well. The athlete, as well as his longtime girlfriend, Camille Kostek, both starred in the music video for the song “I’ll Wait” by the artist Kygo, and even had a featured role in Katy Perry’s music video for “Swish Swish.”
Rob Gronkowski has appeared in multiple WWE projects
Gronkowski is a lifelong fan of WWE, and in 2017, he started appearing in various wrestling-related television programs, including WWE Smackdown. In early 2020, Gronkowski hosted WrestleMania 36, winning the WWE 24/7 Championship on the second day of the event. In June 2020, Gronkowski lost the title to R-Truth.
Of course, Gronkowski’s dedication to charitable works has also made headlines on multiple occasions, as well as his TV and film projects. The star has been open about how important it is to give back, to work hard, and to always remain true to oneself, no matter what pressures fame and fortune might put on a person.