Chris Gronkowski is a former American football fullback and the founder of Ice Shaker.
He was born on December 26, 1986, in Buffalo, New York, USA, as Christopher Michael Gronkowski.
His father, Gordon, played big-time college football at Syracuse University.
His great-grandfather, Ignatius, was an Olympic cyclist.
His brothers are Rob, Gordie, Glenn, and Dan Gronkowski.
Chris attended the University of Maryland, where he played as a fullback.
In January 2007, Gronkowski transferred to the University of Arizona, where he played as a linebacker.
Gronkowski went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft.
In April 2010, Chris was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. On September 19, Gronkowski made his first career start against the Chicago Bears.
Chris was waived on September 3, 2011. He had five carries for 17 yards and seven catches for 35 yards.
In September 2011, the Indianapolis Colts claimed him off waivers.
In May 2012, Chris was traded to the Denver Broncos for defensive back Cassius Vaughn.
”Our team has a lot of depth in the secondary and this is an opportunity for us to add a quality fullback to our roster,” Broncos boss John Elway said.
Gronkowski wasn’t re-signed after the season.
In April 2013, he inked a contract with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent.
After suffering an injury in training camp, Gronkowski decided to retire.
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In 2017, Chris founded Ice Shaker, a company that makes kitchen-grade stainless steel insulated bottles.
”Ice Shaker is the only bottle you will need to live an active and healthy lifestyle,” Gronkowski told Spartan. He added: ”It started because I was sick of having to use multiple bottles throughout the day — one for work, one for the car, one for the gym, and so on.”
In October 2017, he appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and pitched his company on Shark Tank with the help of his brothers that have played professional sports.
While on Shark Tank, Gronkowski revealed that in the first 6 months since starting Ice Shaker he sold around $80k worth of cups.
Chris received an investment from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Cuban for a 15 percent stake in the company for $150k.
In less than a year, the sales went from $80,000 in 6 months to over $3 million.
Ice Shaker is an official partner of Troopster Donation Corp.
In July 2015, Chris Gronkowski married Brittany Bieber.
Brittany owns Everything Decorated, an engraving company that features cutting boards, photo frames, wine glasses, pocket knives, wallets, decanters, and tumblers.
”We continue to try and figure out the next best thing,” Brittany said in an interview with Community Impact. ”That’s why our business has done so well because we’re constantly looking for ways to be better.”
The couple has three sons.
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6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
”Some people do the work and get it done, some just talk about it.”
”In business, you learn something new every day, and everyday, you have to get better.”
”There were no fines for being underweight, but you just wouldn’t be able to perform at a high level if you were way underweight.”
Chris Gronkowski – Net Worth
Chris earned most of his wealth from playing as a fullback for Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, and the Dallas Cowboys. From his contracts, Gronkowski earned around $1.1 million.
Gronkowski also made money from founding Ice Shaker. Therefore, entrepreneur Chris Gronkowski has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
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