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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.

Gino Gradkowski
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Gradkowski with the Jets in 2018
Free agent
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1988-11-05) November 5, 1988 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Seton-La Salle Catholic
(Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania)
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 2018
Games played:60
Games started:20
Player stats at NFL.com

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

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.[5]

Denver BroncosEdit

Gradkowski was traded to the Denver Broncos on April 1, 2015, for draft picks.[6] He was waived by the Broncos on September 6.[7]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Gradkowski was picked up off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons on September 7, 2015.[8]

Carolina PanthersEdit

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 would act as the backup center and guard.[9] 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.[10]

On September 2, 2017, Gradkowski was placed on injured reserve.[11] He was released on September 8, 2017.

New York JetsEdit

On August 15, 2018, Gradkowski signed with the New York Jets.[12] He was released on August 31, 2018.[13]

Denver Broncos (second stint)Edit

On November 12, 2018, Gradkowski signed with the Denver Broncos following an injury to Matt Paradis.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Gradkowski is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  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 November 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Nicki Jhabvala (April 24, 2016). "Gino Gradkowski is eager to jump-start career with Broncos". denverpost.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Swanson, Ben (April 1, 2015). "Broncos acquire Gino Gradkowski from Ravens". Denver Broncos. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Legwold, Jeff (September 6, 2015). "Montee Ball one of two players waived after Broncos' additions". ESPN. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Falcons Awarded C Gradkowski Off Of Waivers". Atlanta Falcons. September 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Gino Gradkowski player contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Henson, Max (November 29, 2016). "Ryan Kalil, Gino Gradkowski placed on IR". Panthers.com.
  11. ^ Henson, Max (September 2, 2017). "Panthers trim roster to 53". Panthers.com. Archived from the original on September 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Allen, Eric (August 15, 2018). "Jets Place Veteran T Ben Ijalana on Injured Reserve". NewYorkJets.com.
  13. ^ Lange, Randy (August 31, 2018). "Jets Cut 18 Players on Their Way to 53-Player Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com.
  14. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 12, 2018). "Broncos place C Matt Paradis on IR, sign C Gino Gradkowski". DenverBroncos.com.
  15. ^ "Steelers sign Pittsburgh native Bruce Gradkowski to backup Roethlisberger". Fox News Channel. March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.

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