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Happy 32nd birthday to Rob Gronkowski
Born May 14, 1989 in Amherst, New York
Patriot TE, 2010-2018; uniform #87
Pats 2nd round (42nd overall) selection in 2010, from Arizona

- 5 Pro Bowls, 4-time All Pro, 4-time Super Bowl champion -


Patriot franchise records:
  • Most career touchdown receptions (79)
  • Most games with multiple touchdowns (16)
  • Most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown (6)
  • Most games with 100+ receiving yards by a tight end (26)
  • Highest single season receiving yards per game average for a tight end (82.9 ypg in 2011)
  • Youngest Patriot with 3 touchdown receptions in a game
  • Youngest Patriot with 3 touchdown receptions in a playoff game




NFL records
  • Most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history (29)
  • Most receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl history (364)
  • Most career postseason receiving touchdowns by a tight end (14)
  • Only tight end with 1,000+ career postseason receiving yards (1,273)
  • Most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end (1,273)
  • Only tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (17 in 2011)
  • Most touchdown receptions by a tight end in a single season (17 in 2011)
  • Most total touchdowns by a tight end in a single season (18 in 2011)
  • Most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (1,327 in 2011)
  • Most seasons with 10+ touchdowns by a tight end (five: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
  • Most career receiving yards per game by a tight end (64.8)
  • Most career touchdowns per game by a tight end (0.66)
  • Most average yards per target by a tight end (9.74)
  • Only tight end to have 3 seasons with 10+ touchdowns plus 1,000+ receiving yards (2011, 2014, 2015)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 10+ touchdowns by a tight end (3; 2010–12)
  • Most touchdowns in first two seasons (28; tied with Randy Moss)
  • Most seasons of 1,000+ yards receiving by a tight end: (4; tied with Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten)
  • Youngest player with 3 touchdown receptions in a single game
  • Youngest player with 3 touchdown receptions in a playoff game




Patriots Regular Season Career Stats:
  • 115 regular season games played
  • 521 receptions (5th most) on 794 targets (66% catch percentage)
  • 7,861 yards receiving (2nd most)
  • 7,863 yards from scrimmage (2nd most)
  • 7,879 all-purpose yards (8th most)
  • 15.1 yards per reception (3rd best for a TE, min 100 receptions; 12th best overall, min 150)
  • (28) 100-yard receiving games (tied with Wes Welker for 2nd most)
  • (4) 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2nd most)
  • 79 receiving touchdowns (franchise record)
  • 80 total touchdowns (franchise record)
  • 482 points scored (most for a non-kicker; 5th most overall)
  • only 4 fumbles on 522 touches (0.8%)

Patriots Postseason Career Stats:
  • 16 playoff games
  • 12-4 in the postseason (.750)
  • 81 receptions (2nd most in franchise history)
  • 1,163 yards receiving (2nd most)
  • (4) 100-yard receiving games (2nd most)
  • 14.4 yards per reception
  • 12 touchdowns (franchise record)
  • Most receiving touchdowns in a single game (3, vs Denver on Jan 14, 2012)
 

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Their Claim to Fame is Sharing Gronk's Birthday



Happy 31st birthday to Don Jones
Born May 14, 1990 in Tuscumbia, Alabama
Patriot safety, 2014; uniform #29 and #31
Claimed off waivers from Miami on September 1, 2014


Don Jones appeared in nine out of 11 games with the Pats before being released in late November, recording six solo tackles while being used almost exclusively on special teams. Jones also played for the Saints, Browns, Texans and 49ers, appearing in 56 regular season and two playoff games. Although he was released prior to the postseason, Jones did earn a Super Bowl ring for his contribution to the 2014 New England Patriots.





Happy 56th birthday to Darren Twombly
Born May 14, 1965 in Manchester, MA
Patriot center, 1987; uniform #64

It may have been a replacement game, but in week four Twombly became the first and only native of well-heeled Manchester (oh, excuse me; Manchester-by-the-sea) MA (class of '83) to play in an NFL game. Prior to that Twombly went to Boston College, playing on the Doug Flutie era teams. Twombly still lives in his home town today, employed in the field of social work and benefits.







Pro Football Reference also lists Sylvester Stanley as being born today, but that is incorrect; he was born on November 30, 1970.




May 14, 2019: The New England Patriots sign first round draft pick N'Keal Harry to a four-year, $10.22 million contract through 2022, with a one year team option for 2023. The deal includes a $5,364,252 signing bonus, $8,900,237 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,524,587. In 2021, Harry will earn a base salary of $1,413,032, while carrying a cap hit of $2,754,095 and negative cap savings if he is cut.




Other pro football players with New England connections born on this date:

Kelvin Martin, 56 (5/14/65); Boston College, 83-86
After catching passes from Doug Flutie, K-Mart spent ten years in the NFL, mostly for Dallas. He had 4,768 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns, and another 2,567 yards with three TD on punt returns. In 1992 he led the NFL in punt return yardage.

Dave Widell, 56 (5/14/65); South Catholic HS (Hartford), Boston College
The offensive lineman played in 156 games with Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Rob Francois, 36 (5/14/85); Governor Dummer Academy, Boston College
LB played in 39 games for the Packers from 2010-13.

John Kissell (5/14/23 - 4/9/92); Nashua HS and Boston College
DT was a 4-time league champion with the Browns.

Earl Audet (5/14/21 - 12/18/02); Lockwood HS (Warwick RI)
OT played in 51 games from 1945-48 for Washington and the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC.
 

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