Like Bavaro, Gronk fits Belichick mold

TE's old-school, versatile style of play is serving him well in New England

Updated: February 3, 2011, 11:03 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

DALLAS -- In the days leading up to the 2010 NFL draft, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi predicted that New England would select tight end Rob Gronkowski. His reasoning was that coach Bill Belichick had been seeking the next Mark Bavaro for years.

Nice call.

Gronkowski, who showed up for Super Bowl festivities Wednesday to take part in a charity event, finished the 2010 season with 42 receptions and 10 touchdowns. It takes that type of production to land on the ...

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