New England tight end Gronkoswki sets career touchdown record

Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:07pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Rob Gronkowski had a record-breaking homecoming Sunday.

Gronkowski, who grew up in suburban Buffalo, set a New England Patriots record with his 69th career touchdown in a 41-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

"Definitely an honor to come home to my hometown and get that record," Gronkowski said. "To hold the record for most franchise touchdowns is just unbelievable."

Stanley Morgan held the franchise record since 1989. Gronkowski also broke Morgan's record for receiving touchdowns with his 68th. He has also scored a rushing touchdown.

"Stanley Morgan actually called me to congratulate me," Gronkowski said. "He was an awesome player and an awesome guy. He said congratulations and it was pretty cool. To get a phone call from him already, right after the game in the locker room, was something special."

Morgan scored his 68 touchdowns in 180 games with the Patriots from 1977-89. Gronkowski has played in 86 games.

"That guy's (a) phenomenal player and he's been that way for a long time," Ryan said of Gronkowski.

Gronkowski has done more damage against the Bills than any other opponent, catching 52 passes for 813 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games.

The Patriots are 9-2 against the Bills with Gronkowski in the lineup. One of those losses came four weeks ago, when Gronkowski was still limited by a hamstring injury and quarterback Tom Brady was still suspended.   Continued...

Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) takes a bow after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports