Move over, Stanley Morgan. Rob Gronkowski is the New England Patriots’ new touchdown king.
Gronkowski recorded the 69th touchdown of his career during Sunday’s 41-25 win over the Buffalo Bills, breaking Morgan’s franchise record of 68.
On the record-breaking score, Gronkowski blew past Bills cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman down the seam and hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady.
The big tight end then proceeded to take a bow in the end zone before unleashing one of his patented Gronk spikes.
“Definitely an honor to come home to my hometown and get that record,” Gronkowski, who hails from nearby Williamsville, N.Y., told reporters after the game. “To hold the franchise record for most touchdowns is just unbelievable. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my teammates, my coaches — we’re just always working together and making strides every single day when we step out on the practice field.
“And just seeing everyone, the way they work, all the opportunities the coaches gave me, and giving some credit to myself coming in and working hard every single day to get where I need to be. It’s just an awesome experience.”
Gronkowski, who led all receivers Sunday with 109 yards on five catches, said he received a congratulatory call from Morgan immediately after the game.
“He was an awesome player and an awesome guy,” Gronkowski said of the former Patriots wideout. “He said congratulations, and it was pretty cool. To get a phone call from him right after the game in the locker room was something special.
“It’s cool, but I mean always, the win is more important. It’s awesome to get that win for sure. And that’s what’s most important is going out there and getting the team win. But overall, it’s definitely an honor, but I’ve got to keep on working and keep on grinding every day.”
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