Rob Gronkowski announces retirement, won't rejoin Tom Brady in Tampa Bay
Rob Gronkowski, the NFL pro, has announced his retirement
The tight end won't be rejoining Tom Brady at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third season
Gronkowski is 33 years old
The four-time All-Pro tight end put up an Instagram post saying, "In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be", and added, "Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player."
The 33-year-old continued, "For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time."
He further said, "And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team. 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. 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 as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all."
The former 'Masked Singer' contestant concluded, "Buccaneers fans, the Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, all of ya brought it every game, thank you for all you do. Cheers to what's next, maybe sailing the seas. Arghhhhhh!!"
Of the 11 seasons the Gronk has played in the league, nine were with the New England Patriots, and the remaining with the Buccaneers. He had 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns, in 143 regular-season games.
Currently, his yardage total is the fifth in NFL history among tight ends, and his touchdown total is the third.