After months of speculation, Gronk is calling it a career.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement on his official Instagram account. According to reports, Gronk nearly retired after the team nearly traded him to the Detroit Lions before the 2018 season. After Pats Super Bowl LIII win versus the Los Angeles Rams in February, many speculated if it would indeed be his last game.
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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.
Gronkowski was drafted by the Patriots in the 2nd round from the University of Arizona after missing his junior year due to back surgery. In his rookie season, Gronk caught 42 passes for 546 yards 10 touchdowns.
In 2011, his second season, Gronk would catch 90 passes for a then NFL record 1,327 yards and led the league with 13 touchdowns. He finishes his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champion.