Yearbook: Rob Gronkowski, New England's athlete of the year


For Patriots fans, 2012 was the year of the Gronk spike.

Rob Gronkowski was named New England's athlete of the year in a poll. He beat out the likes of Zdeno Chara, Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, and Aly Raisman.

Gronkowski is widely regarded as one of the best tight ends in the NFL. The 23-year-old has suffered two major injuries in 2012, with the most recent being a broken forearm, but will likely be one of Tom Brady's biggest weapons during the playoffs.

Aside from his on field achievements, Gronkowski's fun-loving attitude landed him a spot on the dating show "The Choice," the front cover of ESPN'S body issue, and a popular Dunkin' Donuts sponsorship.