Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - Growing up a Gronkowski brother meant that if you wanted respect, you had to win it.
"You grow up with five boys," said former Wildcat Chris Gronkowski, "there's a lot of competition. You got to beat out the other brothers. You didn't want to be the odd brother out."
That competitive nature served at least three of them pretty well when it came to the National Football League.
"It drives you every day to work harder and get on the field," said Chris.
Come game day this week, those three Gronkowski brothers will be suiting up for three different NFL teams. It's a family tree unlike any the league has seen in twenty years.
Much has already been made about Rob, the former Wildcat tightend who quickly became a reliable target for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Drafted in the second round, Rob lead the team in touchdowns with 4. He was second only to Randy Moss in catches and yards.
Meanwhile Chris, an Arizona H-back, was all smiles over the weekend when he found out he had made the Dallas Cowboys 53 man roster as a fullback. That same weekend, their older brother Dan, a tightend out of Maryland with one NFL season under his belt, was traded from Detroit to the Denver Broncos.
"It's an incredible feeling," said Chris. It's also the exact scenario these three designed for themselves.
"We started kind of planning things out about a year ago when Dan got drafted," continued Chris. "At that point, me and Rob sat there and said we got to get there too."
Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy.
While none of the brothers will face each other at least in the regular season, don't think that the competition between them will stop.
"I think Rob's going to have us both beat pretty good this year," admitted Chris. "We'll see what happens.
The Gronkowski family and Wildcat nation will be watching proudly.
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