After 11 years in the NFL, Gronkowski calls it quits.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski, also known as Gronk, announced on social media that he would be retiring from the NFL for a second time.
As much as it may be hard for fans to take this news, yet again, Gronk seems to be at peace and content with his decision.
“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 2 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 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time.” He continues in his Instagram post to say “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!!
“ From retirement” … “ back to football” even Gronk acknowledges that he has already previously returned back to football after announcing his retirement in 2019. It was Tom Brady who brought Gronkowski out of retirement and it could potentially be Brady again to spark the interest of once again returning back to the league.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) June 21, 2022
In reaction to Rob Gronkowski’s news, his agent Drew Rosenhaus texts: “It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season,” as stated by Adam Schefter via Twitter.
Arguably one of the best QB+TE duo, the two have seen 11 seasons together, 9 with the Patriots and the remaining 2 with Tampa Bay. The two,who make quite an interesting pair, have won 4 Superbowls together. Lifelong teammates, whom have experienced triumphs and downfalls together, now are the best of friends. “ Teammate, brother, friend…” where just some of the words Brady used to describe his now former teammate.
Gronk was one h*ll of a player, some notable accolades to acknowledge as provided by NBC sports:
- Four-time Super Bowl champion (XLIX, LI, LIII, LV)
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2014)
- Four-time First-team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- Five-time Pro Bowl (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team
- NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
More to continue:
He ranks 3rd on all time among TE with 92 career rec. TD, most receptions by a TE in Superbowl history (23), Youngest player with three touchdown receptions in a game: 22 years, 275 days (2011 vs. Denver Broncos), First tight end to have three seasons with 10+ touchdowns and 1,000+ receiving yards (2011, 2014–15), those were just a few to name.
If this is the end Mr. Gronk, Brady is sure going to miss throwing and handing off to his #1 target. If this is NOT the end and you are playing a cruel late April fools joke on the whole world, we cant wait for your return.