It's officially the end of an era in the National Football League. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has played for both the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has officially announced his retirement.
He announced the news with a post on social media minutes ago:
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) June 21, 2022
“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,” Gronk said in a lengthy retirement post on his Instagram page.
“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 then appeared to jokingly hint at a career in piracy.
“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. 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!!”
However, don't be surprised to see him make a return to action at some point during the upcoming season, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
“It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call,” he said. “This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”
With four Super Bowl championships over the course of his career, Gronkowski amassed a total of 621 catches (10th among tight ends), 9,286 receiving yards (fifth) and 92 touchdowns (third).