Rob Gronkowski scores first TD as Buccaneer — and since 2018

Rob Gronkowski is on the board as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

For the first time since 2018 and the initial time as a member of the Tampa Bay roster, Gronkowski scored a touchdown, hauling in his 79th career TD pass from Tom Brady in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The score gave Tampa Bay a 28-10 lead.

It was the first regular-season touchdown for Gronkowski since Dec. 9, 2018, which was his third and final TD of that season, which preceded his short-lived retirement.

With the 79th scoring hookup between the two, former Patriots and first-year Buccaneers Gronk and Brady tied the Dolphins duo of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and Mark Clayton for the fourth-most touchdown connections by a pairing in NFL history.

But it was the first for Gronkowski not in a Patriots uniform. The future Hall of Famer hauled in 79 as a Patriots standout (just one wasn’t from a Brady throw).

Rob Gronkowski scored his 1st TD since Wk 14, 2018 (679 days ago) on a 12-yd pass from Tom Brady

The duo has now connected for 79 pass TDs, tying Dan Marino to Mark Clayton for 4th-most by a duo in NFL history

The only duos ahead are Manning-Harrison, Rivers-Gates & Young-Rice

Gronkowski’s 80 career touchdown catches are third all-time among tight ends, trailing Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (100).

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