Arguable the most dominant tight end in NFL History, Rob Gronkowski, announced his retirement after nine seasons on Sunday. Gronk notified Patriots owner Robert Kraft of his decision before making it public.
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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.
Rob Gronkowski's NFL career was incredible:
– 9 NFL seasons
– 521 receptions
– 7861 yards
– 79 TDs
– 3× Super Bowl champ
– 5× Pro Bowler
– 4× First-team All-Pro
Arguably the most dominant TE ever. The game will miss Gronk. pic.twitter.com/Uu6K19Uavt
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 24, 2019
Players around the league, including Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, have chimed in to congratulate Gronk on his incredible career.
Tom Brady’s response to Rob Gronkowski’s decision to retire: pic.twitter.com/d1wqFXgFVs
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) March 24, 2019
For the past 9 years, after each week, one of the first guys reception targets I would go watch was @RobGronkowski. Some stuff I would steal, other stuff only he could do. Incredible career and enjoy what’s next. See you in canton
— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) March 24, 2019
Congrats on an incredible career @RobGronkowski. One of the best to ever do it. Best wishes on whatever comes next!
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 24, 2019
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) March 25, 2019
@RobGronkowski congrats to one of the best to ever do it! So dope to see you go out on your time. Good luck on ur continued success brother! Ps u never gave me that fade back from the super bowl! 😂🤷🏾♂️
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 24, 2019
Gronk one of the most dominant players to put on a helmet. Amazing career.
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) March 24, 2019
Huge congrats to @RobGronkowski.
Absolutely legendary career on the field. He changed the game, did it his way, and took care of his family the entire time.
Excited to see what big cuzzie does next. pic.twitter.com/auf3xIdm3H
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 24, 2019