With his touchdown catch last week against the Bengals, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one TD away from tying former Pats WR Stanley Morgan’s (1977-89) record of 67.
Morgan thinks it will happen this weekend:
“Yeah, it should go down Sunday,” the four-time Pro Bowler said from his Memphis home, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I’m really impressed with him. You know I played with a tight end who was very similar to him, Russ Francis. I thought Russ was one of the best tight ends to play at that time. Gronk is a step above him. Gronk is unexplainable . . . the things he can do for a man his size.”
In all fairness to Morgan, NFL teams of his time weren’t so pass happy, so it was really only a matter of time the record fell.
“I wish I was just coming out right now,” Morgan said, “and playing with the team they have on the field right now… The difference between the team today, and the one I was on, was in philosophy; The team that I was on, the philosophy was, if you can’t run the ball, you can’t win. Now, if you can’t pass the ball, you can’t win. So it’s really changed. That’s the era I grew up in. The offensive line had to control the line of scrimmage or else you couldn’t win.”