For the second time in his professional football career, Rob Gronkowski has decided to retire.
Gronkowski, 33, is coming off a two-year stint in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers after his first retirement in 2019.
“Now I will go back to my retirement home, walk away from football again with my head held high knowing that I gave everything I had, good or bad, every time I took the field,” Gronkowski wrote in an Instagram post. announcing its decision. “The friendships and relationships I’ve made will last forever, and I thank each of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had too. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to resting, thank you all.”
Gronkowski has retired once before, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seemed to leave the door open for yet another comeback.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady called him during the season to come back and Rob took the call,” Rosenhaus told reporters via text message. “This is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob returns during the season or the next.”
Having originally been selected by the Patriots as a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Gronkowski quickly established himself as one of the league’s top tight ends.
In all, Gronkowski caught 621 passes in his NFL career in 143 regular season games. He totaled 9,286 career receiving yards with 93 touchdowns (92 catches, one rush).
With the Patriots and Buccaneers, Gronkowski also played in multiple Super Bowl championships, recording 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 touchdowns in 22 postseason games.
And after becoming one of Brady’s favorite targets during his time in New England, Gronkowski came out of retirement in 2020 to join his favorite quarterback in the Buccaneers. Together, the duo helped them to another title together in Super Bowl LV (in which Gronkowski caught two touchdowns).
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