Gino Gradkowski

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Gino Gradkowski
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Gradkowski with the Ravens in 2013
Free agent
Position: Center
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-05) November 5, 1988 (age 29)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Pittsburgh (PA) Seton-La Salle
College: Delaware
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played: 53
Games started: 20
Player stats at NFL.com

Gino Gradkowski (born November 5, 1988) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Delaware. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

Gradkowski played college football as a guard and a center. He began his career playing for West Virginia University. He later transferred to the University of Delaware.[1] He started all fifteen games as a junior.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Gradkowski was drafted in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.[3] In his first season with the team, the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.[4] The game's MVP was Joe Flacco, who was also a transfer to the Delaware Blue Hens. With the retirement of Matt Birk following the 2012 season, Gradkowski became the starting center for the Ravens.

Denver Broncos[edit]

Gradkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos on April 1, 2015, for draft picks.[5] He was waived by the Broncos on September 6.[6]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Gradkowski was picked up off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons on September 7, 2015.[7]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On March 10, 2016, Gradkowski signed a three-year, $3.15 million free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers. He also received a $400,000 signing bonus with $450,000 guaranteed. With Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil starting at center, Gradkowski will act as the backup center and guard.[8] When Kalil left with a shoulder injury in Week 11, Gradkowski became the starting center the next week before suffering a knee injury later that game. Both Gradkowski and Kalil were placed on injured reserve on November 29, 2016.[9]

On September 2, 2017, Gradkowski was placed on injured reserve.[10] He was released on September 8, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Gradkowski is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gino Gradkowski combine stats and more". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Ravens' fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski at a glance." The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ravens draft Delaware guard Gradkowski in Round 4". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  5. ^ Swanson, Ben (April 1, 2015). "Broncos acquire Gino Gradkowski from Ravens". Denver Broncos. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Legwold, Jeff (September 6, 2015). "Montee Ball one of two players waived after Broncos' additions". ESPN. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Falcons Awarded C Gradkowski Off Of Waivers". Atlanta Falcons. September 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Sportrac.com. "Gino Gradkowski player contract". Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ Henson, Max (November 29, 2016). "Ryan Kalil, Gino Gradkowski placed on IR". Panthers.com. 
  10. ^ Henson, Max (September 2, 2017). "Panthers trim roster to 53". Panthers.com. 
  11. ^ "Steelers sign Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski to backup Roethlisberger". Fox News Channel. March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 

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