New England Patriots great Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL after the 2018-19 season at just 29 years old. Gronkowski was a fan-favorite because of his dominant play on the field and his sense of humor off the field.
According to Spotrac, Gronkowski amassed $54 million in career earnings during his playing years, but his days of cashing large checks are far from over.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gronkowski’s net worth is $40 million, but that should be on the rise soon.
Gronk is regarded as one of the greatest tight ends of all time
Gronkowski finished his career with 521 receptions, 7,861 receiving yards, and 79 touchdowns. His 79 receiving touchdowns rank 28th of all time and third among tight ends.
Gronk caught 17 touchdown passes in 2011, which is tied for the fifth-highest in a single season in NFL history. No tight end has caught more touchdown passes in one year.
He was selected First-Team All-Pro four times in his career with the Patriots. Gronk also won three Super Bowls, including one in his final year in the league.
Gronkowski is surprisingly frugal with his money
Despite his overall silliness, Gronk has an intelligent business mind. In fact, Gronkowski said he saved every dime from his signing bonus and NFL contract checks. He wrote in his book, “It’s good to be Gronk,” that he never spent any of his NFL money.
Many NFL players fail to plan for their future and waste all of their earned money on a lavish lifestyle, but not Gronk. He understood how short NFL careers can be.
He told CNBC in 2018 that the biggest splurge purchase he’s ever made was on a six-figure necklace. Other than that, Gronkowski believes in keeping his purchases simple.
Gronkowski’s growing business ventures and endorsements will only add to his net worth
Gronkowski has endorsement deals with Tide, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jet Blue, and Monster Energy, among others. He made so much from his many endorsement deals during his career that the only money he spent as a player was from endorsements.
Gronk is a partner of Abacus Health Products, a CBD products company. If he returns to Fox as a football analyst in 2020, that will add another stream of salary for the future Hall-of-Famer.
The next step for Gronk is maybe the least surprising of all. Ryan Satin of WWE Backstage on FS1 reported Wednesday that Gronkowski and the WWE are close to finalizing a deal for Gronk to join the company.
For Gronkowski, the grind hasn’t stopped since he stopped playing football. In fact, he’s doing more now than he did when he was still on the field. Gronk’s many endorsements and future involvements with Fox and WWE will only raise his career earnings and net worth for years to come.