“Every time you step on the field, you’ve got to raise the bar to another level, baby. And I just raised that bar to this level,” Gronkowski told the Arizona football players after making the catch.
Rob Gronkowski has a lot of accolades to his name. The former Patriots tight end has won four Super Bowls plus he’s been named a Pro Bowler five times and an All-Pro four times.
On Friday, Gronkowski added another accolade: Guinness World Record holder. Attending the Arizona football team’s (his alma mater) practice, Gronkowski sought to catch a football from a helicopter that was 600 feet in the air.
Gronkowski couldn’t reel it in successfully the first couple of times, but on the third try, Gronkowski hauled it in to break the world record. Right after he caught the ball, Gronkowski did his signature “Gronk Spike” to celebrate along with players on the Arizona football team.
Rob Gronkowski and Tedy Bruschi are the honorary head coaches for the University of Arizona’s spring game. But before the game, Gronk set a world world record because…he’s Gronk. pic.twitter.com/RuSCZPUFQU
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2021
The previous record for the highest altitude catch was set by actor Tyler Toney, who caught a ball dropped from 563 feet in the air at TCU in 2017, according to Justin Spears of the Arizona Daily Star.
Gronkowski was in attendance for Arizona’s spring game on Saturday, serving as an honorary coach. He wasn’t the only ex-Patriot there. Former linebacker Tedy Bruschi served as an honorary coach for the other team in Saturday’s game.
Bruschi was also in attendance for Gronkowski’s record-breaking catch, capturing the moment from his point of view.
Gronkowski’s team defeated Bruschi’s team, 17-13.
Jedd Fisch, who served as the Patriots’ quarterback coach last season, is in his first year as head coach for Arizona.
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