Six days later, Gronk would return to once again prove unstoppable against the Steelers with a nine-catch, 168-yard showing in a Patriots win that helped clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Gronkowski did get forced out of action on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jacksonville safety Barry Church in New England’s AFC title game win over the Jaguars.
Back surgery forced Gronkowski to miss his entire junior season.
That contributed to a prospect as talented as Gronkowski lasting into the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Such status was reinforced in Weeks 14 and 15 of the regular season.