Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is no doubt one of the best tight ends ever, but Tony Gonzalez isn't ready to dub him the GOAT just yet. Gonzalez doesn't want people to forget about him and thinks they both should be considered the GOAT:
“Hey, we're both great,” Gonzalez said at LAX on Monday night to TMZ … “We're both the G.O.A.T.s!”
On paper, both players have different arguments about why they deserve the GOAT title. Gonzalez played in 270 games, hauling in 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns. He was a 14-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-Pro team six times. The one big knock on his resume is he never won a Super Bowl.
Gronkowski played in 115 games, catching 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowler five times and named to the All-Pro team four times. The big advantage Gronkowski has over Gonzalez are the three Super Bowl championships.
These two have completely different stats, and there probably isn't a right answer for who the true GOAT is. If Super Bowls are a main part of the criteria, then it's Rob Gronkowski. But if it's the longevity of a career and pure production, then Tony Gonzalez runs away with the title.
Just like LeBron James and Michael Jordan in basketball, this is a fun thing to debate, but everyone is going to have a different answer on what is right. Maybe the best thing to do is just be thankful that these two guys played the game and put on a great show for so many years.