NFL star Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement

This is Gronkowski’s second time retiring from the NFL, having previously hung up his cleats in New England after playing with the Patriots from 2010 to 2018, before returning in 2020 to play two seasons with the Buccaneers.

Gronkowski, 33, wrote on social media“I want to thank the entire First Division Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, I am confident I will be back to play and help build a championship team. Now I am going back to my retirement home, my With my back away from football knowing that whatever I had, good or bad, every time I hit the ground, my head held high.

“The friendships and relationships I’ve built will last forever, and I appreciate each and every one of my teammates and coaches for giving their all. From retirement to football and winning another championship and now chilling back To, thank you. To be of service, to all.

In his 11 NFL seasons, Gronkowski was part of four Super Bowl winning teams, three times with the Patriots and again with the Buccaneers.

“Rob is a true professional who has left it all on the field for us over the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” said Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht said,

Gronkowski holds two Super Bowl records—most career receptions in the position of a tight end and most receiving yards.

Despite playing significantly fewer games (143) than Gronkowski’s Gates (236) and Gonzalez (270), his 92 career ended with the third-place touchdown in NFL history between tight ends, only Antonio Gates’ 116 and Tony Gonzalez’s. Behind the K111.

Gronkowski played each of his NFL seasons with quarterback Tom Brady. The duo’s 90 regular season touchdown connections make them the second most prolific touchdown passing/catching tandem in NFL history, behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison’s astonishing 112 touchdown completions.