New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was voted into the 2017 Associated Press first-team All Pro squad. Due to the way his contract was structured, the honor earned Gronk a $2.5 million incentive.
After receiving the award, Gronk was quick to thank those who voted for him.
Thank you voters! Hard work and working Smarter is paying off!!!
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 5, 2018
According to a report by Pro Football Talk, the $2.5 million was part of a total $5.5 million in incentives tied to Gronkowski’s 2017 contract adjustment. Gronk also earned the remaining $3 million for tallying more than 1,000 receiving yards.
Gronk finished the 2017 season — missing two games — with 1,084 yards gained on 69 receptions. He also scored eight touchdowns.
Gronkowski joins fellow teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, on the AP 2017 NFL All-Pro first team. This makes for Gronk’s fourth All-Pro team selection.