WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Rob Gronkowski has held a Guinness World Record for catching over a 600-foot football pass from a helicopter.
- The event happened at the University of Arizona Stadium, as Gronkowski made a visit to his Alma Mater.
- The reigning champion will play for another year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aside from having four Super Bowl rings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski will have another accolade ━ a Guinness World Record for catching a football with over 600 feet from a helicopter.
The event happened on Saturday, when the 31-year-old athlete visited his Alma Mater University of Arizona. The helicopter hovered above the university’s stadium as Gronkowski successfully grabbed the football after falling into the arena.
He posted the video on Instagram on Saturday, along with a caption: “625ft catch! Mr. World Record Breaker Wildcat in the house.”
Gronkowski made a surprise visit to his school, where he served as an honorary coach for the Arizona Wildcats. Team’s head coach Jedd Fisch astonished the squad after Gronkowski arrived wearing his No. 48 Wildcats uniform.
“We’re gonna have one more final catch here at Arizona Stadium,” Fisch told the players.
“What we’re gonna do is we’re gonna make it a Guinness Book of World Record catch,” the coach continued. “We’re gonna have the highest altitude catch that’s ever been done in the world. 600 feet in the air, we’re gonna have a helicopter drop a ball straight down, and we’re gonna set a Guinness Book of World Record, right here in front of all of you guys.”
Gronkowski had three attempts before being able to catch the pass and did the “Gronk spike.” The whole team bursted in cheers and rushed on to him on the field.
“Every time you step on the field, you’ve got to raise the bar to another level, baby,” he told the group. “And I just raised that bar to this level.”
Recently, Gronkowski re-signed with a $10 million contract with the Bucs to play for another year. He came out of retirement last year to team up with former teammate and now fellow Bucs’ Tom Brady as they spearheaded the team to earn a Lombardi trophy.
“To come down here to Tampa, come to an organization that was ready to win,” the NFL star said at the time. “Come down here to play with players, they are all fantastic players. Great guys. Just everyone overall. The story is just unbelievable and it definitely ranks up there as one of my biggest accomplishments, ever.”