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Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from NFL

6/21/2022 7:02:54 PM
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Future Hall-of-Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski just announce his retirement on Instagram at the age of 33 according to Jordan Schultz of the Schultz Report.

“In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be,” Gronkowski wrote. “Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player. For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until two years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last two years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team.

“I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all. Buccaneers fans, the Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, all of ya brought it every game, thank you for all you do. Cheers to what’s next, maybe sailing the seas. Arghhhhhh!!”

This is Gronk's second retirement since 2019 and it is unknown whether this one will really last or if Tom Brady will be able to entice him back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at some point during the season.  If this really is it, he is hanging up his cleats with 9,236 receiving yards, 92 receiving touchdowns, and a dominant 11-season career that should make him a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He won four Super Bowls during his career and earned a spot on both the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team and 2010s All-Decade Team.

Gronkowski's retirement opens up space for Cameron Brate in the Tampa passing attack and should also boost the stock of Russell Gage.  While the front office said all offseason that the expected their star TE to return, the Bucs prepared for life post-Gronk by drafting Washington’s Cade Otton and Minnesota’s Ko Kieft this spring to add to their tight end corps.

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