Rob Gronkowski sets world record, catches football dropped from 600 feet above ground

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Rob Gronkowski is officially a Guinness World Record holder.

Gronk visited his old stomping grounds at the University of Arizona today to talk to the football team and show off an impressive feat: He caught a football dropped from a helicopter 600 feet above the stadium.

Wearing an Arizona Wildcats helmet and jersey, Gronk twice dropped footballs that fell from the sky before he grabbed the third one with a basket catch. He was mobbed by Arizona players who clearly enjoyed having him on hand for their spring game today.

The previous world record was 563 feet, set by YouTube personality Tyler Toney in 2017. Gronk broke that record with an even 600 feet, although it’s surprising he didn’t add another 90 feet to that total.

31 responses to “Rob Gronkowski sets world record, catches football dropped from 600 feet above ground

  1. Quite impressive. Calculating the velocity of a falling object from 600 feet — assuming the ball was merely dropped from the helicopter and not thrown — the ball would have reached Gronk in a little over six seconds (6.107 to be exact) and would be traveling at 196.5 feet per second when he caught it, or about 127 miles per hour. Bottom line: Gravity is powerful.

  2. At how many feet does the ball reach maximum velocity? Probably not much difference in velocity from 600 feet and 6000 feet. Just a lot more lateral drift.

  3. Taking into account the drag coefficient, and the Reynolds Number, of an American football the TERMINAL VELOCITY of a football dropped from 600+ feet would approach 60 mph.

  4. On side note he met with Tom Brady with the football just before the drop and it was later determined it was somehow filled with helium.

  5. I of course did your standard google search and came up with the answer.

    133 MPH, it would have taken 6.107 as mhouser above stated, who probably does not need to google search.

  6. Only on pro football talk.com, can we bring together, football, a bunch of nerds, one guy who doesn’t get sarcasm, a world record and a guy who likes to have fun. America what a country!

  7. Thats actually pretty damn impressive for him. I imagine the ball was traveling quite fast, just a guess i didnt major in Physics.

  8. radar8 says:
    April 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm
    Wow. I guess that everything is considered an “accomplishment”

    Modern day “participation trophy” right? Thanks for playing.

  9. To be honest after watching most of the games hes played. We have always known that he has great hands, have witnessed quite a few shoe top catches. Hes a freakish talent and a sure HOF.

  10. radar8 says:

    April 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Wow. I guess that everything is considered an “accomplishment”
    ———
    Definition of accomplishment- the successful achievement of a task.

  11. Roger Goodell consulted some sheep intestines, and determined the ball’s internal air pressure did not remain constant during changes in altitude because of a gypsy curse.

  12. I know nuthin–but no way the ball was falling at 100+ mph if he caught it. Think of what a baseball does at 90+ mph when it hits a player. Granted, a baseball is harder and it’s impact is in a smaller area, but still… I assume the football was not falling in a tight spiral, so it seems to me that the air resistance of a tumbling football would slow its descent significantly. Still an impressive feat-I guess, but I just cant buy that 127mph claim.
    Sean

  13. PS: a late gust of wind and that ball conks him on the dome…. at the reported 133 mph…DOA

  14. mhouser1922 says:
    April 24, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Quite impressive. Calculating the velocity of a falling object from 600 feet — assuming the ball was merely dropped from the helicopter and not thrown — the ball would have reached Gronk in a little over six seconds (6.107 to be exact) and would be traveling at 196.5 feet per second when he caught it, or about 127 miles per hour. Bottom line: Gravity is powerful.

    Fake science guy here is proof of one thing, a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can put his pants on. No way that ball was traveling over 100 miles an hour when Gronk caught it.
    A few minutes looking into the equation and I derived that you are a phony scientist. Good job, just like the media. Liar

  15. I’d like to see Gronk challenge Joey Chestnut in a hot dog eating contest.

  16. I teach physics, so I can add my perspective. I can’t tell if the ball is spiralling straight down or wobbling end over end, but I can calculate the terminal velocity for both cases. Assuming a weight of 410 grams, a height of 600 ft (182.88m), a drag coefficient of 0.0029 kg/m for the spiral and 0.007 kg/m for the end over end case (see Investigation of toppling ball flight in American football with a mechanical field-goal kicker by Pfeifer et al. 2017), you get a max velocity of 81 mph for the tight spiral, taking 7.5 seconds to reach the ground, or a max velocity of 54 mph, taking 9.3 seconds to reach the ground. I am more inclined to believe the latter, but I guess either is possible.

  17. Given the technique Gronk used – basket catch – seems like a punt returner would be better suited to break this record than a tight end.

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