Rob Gronkowski Announces He’s Retiring, ‘I Gave It Everything I Had’

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12: 44 PM PT — Tom Brady just weighed in on his BFF’s retirement … writing in a sweet note on Gronk’s Instagram page, “Love you as a man, teammate and friend. Unique in every way

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He added a longer post to his IG page: “Having Gronk in the locker room was every NFL player’s dream. I am proud of all we have accomplished together and even more excited for what lies ahead.

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The Buccaneers said goodbye to Gronk in a statement Tuesday afternoon. They called Gronk “a true professional who left everything on the field for the past two seasons and helped create a championship culture within our building.” “

Rob Gronkowski is once again hanging up his cleats … the legendary tight end has just retired from football for the second time in his career.

The Tampa Bay star announced the news Tuesday … this after he initially came out of retirement to play with Tom Brady and the Bucs in 2020.

In his two seasons with TB12 in Florida since, he won another Super Bowl ring … and caught 100 more passes for 1,425 yards and 13 TDs.

“I would like to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers team for an amazing ride. I trust you to bring me back to play and build a championship team,” Gronk wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

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” I will now be returning to my retirement home and walking away from football with my head high knowing that I gave it everything, good and bad, every time I stepped on the field. “

Gronk first called it quits following the 2018 season … saying after a 9-year stint with Brady and the New England Patriots, his body didn’t feel well enough to keep going.

Gronk considered returning to Tampa Bay for a third season this offseason. He told TMZ Sports he was keeping “in shape” in case he felt the urge to play again. He made his decision Tuesday, and it seems that he never felt the itch.


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” From retirement, back to football, winning another championship, and now back to chilling,” Gronk said. “Thank you to all. “

What’s interesting … Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said there is at least a small chance this isn’t the end of Rob’s historic career … telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. Although this is my opinion, I don’t think it would surprise me if Rob returns during the season or next. “

But, for now, it seems the 33-year-old is really done.

See you in five years in Canton!

Originally Published — 11: 30 AM PT

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