Rob Gronkowski retires for second time following decorated 11-year career with Patriots, Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski, probably the best tight end in NFL history, has actually retired for a 2nd time. Gronkowski, who throughout this offseason had actually been noncommittal about his future, has actually chosen to ignore football after 11 seasons and 4 Super Bowl titles. 

“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,” Gronkowski composed on Instagram. “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 well.” 

An all-decade entertainer for the 2010s, Gronkowski invested 9 seasons with the Patriots and 2 with the Buccaneers after unretiring prior to the 2020 season. A four-time Super Bowl champ, Gronkowski captured 621 passes for 9,286 backyards and 92 goals throughout his profession. His 15 profession postseason goal captures is 2nd all-time behind just Jerry Rice. 

Gronkowski invested the 2019 season in retirement prior to signing up with Tom Brady in Tampa. After a sluggish start, Gronkowski captured 45 passes for 623 backyards and 7 goals throughout his very first season with the Buccaneers. He then captured 2 goal passes in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl win over Kansas City. 

Gronkowski’s numbers were even much better in 2021. Despite playing in simply 12 video games, Gronkowski captured 55 passes for 802 backyards and 6 goals. It was his finest analytical season given that 2017, when he made All-Pro honors for the 4th time. 

The Buccaneers picked 2 tight ends throughout the 2022 NFL Draft on the occasion that Gronkowski would not return for the upcoming season. But Tampa had actually stayed available to the possibility of Gronkowski going back to the fold.  

“Rob is a true professional who left it all on the field for us the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” Buccaneers GM Jason Licht stated in a declaration. “It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game when he is still enjoying that kind of success, but the overwhelming emotions I feel today are gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends who ever played the game.” 

The Gronkowski age in Tampa is over, and it’s time for the Buccaneers’ brand-new, young tight ends to start the procedure of attempting to fill his Lombardi Trophy-sized shoes. Without Gronkowski, the Buccaneers’ chances at winning the NFC fell from 22.1% to 20.5%, according to CBS Sports information researcher Stephen Oh. Tampa’s chances at winning the Super Bowl likewise dipped, from 11.8% to 11.2%.  

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