New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attacked the record books during the 2011 season, setting NFL marks for most receiving yards and most touchdown receptions from the tight end position. Now, he can call himself an All-Pro.
Gronkowski and teammate Wes Welker were both named to the Associated Press 2011 NFL All-Pro Team, which was announced early Friday afternoon. Welker was the second-leading vote getter of all wide receivers, trailing only Calvin Johnson, while Gronkowski led all tight ends in the voting.
Gronkowski caught 90 passes for an NFL-record 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for one touchdown on his only running play of the season, which was actually a screen pass that was thrown slightly backward.
Welker led the NFL with 122 receptions, adding 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Tom Brady did not repeat as First-Team All-Pro, failing to earn a vote behind Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.