Rob Gronkowski is retiring from the NFL at the age of 33.
The four-time Super Bowl winner (3x New England Patriots, 1x Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has ended his NFL career, which will one day most likely lead him into the Hall of Fame, after eleven seasons.
The loyal companion of star quarterback Tom Brady is a member of the “NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team” and the “NFL 2010s All-Decade Team” due to his individual successes, and he has also made five Pro Bowl appearances.
Gronkowski also set several new NFL records, such as most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a season (17), most career touchdowns by a tight end in the postseason (15), most total touchdowns by a tight end in one season (18) and most games for 100 yards by a tight end (32).
From NFL retirement to the title and back
The second-round pick (42nd) of the 2010 NFL Draft said in a statement, “When I was in college, I was asked what career I wanted to be in. I always answered NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
“In fact, I forgot about that during my time with the New England Patriots until I had the opportunity to transfer to Tampa Bay two years ago. Let me say that my time with the team surpassed anything I had back in college wrote in the essay,” he continued.
“For this time, I want to thank everyone in the organization, all of my fellow players and coaches, and for the confidence to come back and be part of a champion team after NFL retirement (2019). I will now be retiring and turn your back on football but always keep your head up.”
Finally: “The friendships I’ve made will last forever. Maybe I’ll find my new hobby on the high seas.”
Breaking: Rob Gronkowski tells me he’s retiring.
The future first ballot Hall of Famer won four Super Bowls while earning a spot on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team and 2010s All-Decade Team.
An all-time great officially hangs em up at 33 years old.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 21, 2022