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Gronk Nation going strong

Williamsville North High School graduate Chris Gronkowski was acquired by the Denver Broncos today in a trade from the Indianapolis Colts. It's a great move for Gronkowski, a fullback who came out of the University of Arizona in 2010. Gronkowksi is the only fullback on the Denver roster at the moment, and he joins a team that is one of the favorites to win the AFC. The Broncos, of course, added quarterback Peyton Manning in March.

The move increases the chances that a Gronkowski might make the Super Bowl for a second straight year. (Chris Gronkowski wasn't going to get there with the rebuilding Colts.) Younger brother Rob Gronkowski is the All-Pro tight end for the New England Patriots. If Rob had been fully healthy instead of laboring with a high-ankle sprain, the Pats might have beaten the Giants in the Super Bowl in February. Rob Gronkowski attended Williamsville North but then transferred to a Pittsburgh-area high school for his senior season before moving onto Arizona. Chris Gronkowski played for Dallas in 2010. He appeared in seven games for the Colts last season. Denver traded cornerback Cassius Vaughn to get him.

The Gronkowskis will be bidding to have three brothers in the NFL for a third season this year. Dan Gronkowski, who also starred at North, signed with the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 23. He will battle for a backup tight end job with the Browns.

---Mark Gaughan

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