Sports | April 26, 2021 10:46 am

Rob Gronkowski Sets Guinness World Record With 600-Foot Helicopter Catch

Gronkowski, 31, completed the feat at his alma mater Arizona

Arizona alum Rob Gronkowski
NFL athlete and University of Arizona alum Rob Gronkowski catches a pass at the Arizona Spring game.
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Five-time Pro Bowler and four-time Super Bowl winner Rob Gronkowski had his first 200-yard day on the football field at the University of Arizona over the weekend.

While serving as an honorary head coach at the school’s spring game along with fellow Arizona alum Tedy Bruschi, Gronkowski caught a pass dropped from a helicopter that was hovering 600 feet above the stadium … on his third attempt.

Gronkowski, who played for the Wildcats from 2007 to ’09, is now in the Guinness Book of World Records for successfully catching a pass dropped from a helicopter hovering 600 feet in the air. (The previous record for the highest altitude catch was set by actor Tyler Toney, who caught a ball dropped from 563 feet in the air at TCU in 2017, according to The Arizona Daily Star.)

“Every time you step on the field, you’ve got to raise that bar to another level, baby,” 31-year-old Gronkowski told his team after making his first catch since he hauled in six balls for 67 yards and two TDs in Super Bowl LV. “And I just raised that bar to this level.”

In the game itself, Gronkowski’s team defeated Bruschi’s squad by a final score of 17-13.

As it turns out, Gronk already had his name in the record book at Guinness for being one half of the “most NFL postseason touchdown passes by the same combination” along with Tom Brady.

“The most NFL postseason touchdown passes by the same combination is 14, achieved by quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski (both USA) playing for the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (both USA) from 2010 to 2021,” per the record. “The pair surpassed the previous mark of 12 set by quarterback Joe Montana and wide receiver Jerry Rice (both USA) playing for the San Francisco 49ers (USA) from 1985 to 1992.”

Expect Brady and Gronkowski to add to their record-breaking mark during the playoffs this season as the Buccaneers should be making another deep postseason run.