Rob Gronkowski is retiring again.
On Tuesday, the future Hall of Famer announced that he was retiring from football after 11 seasons.
“In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity I would like to take and where it would be,” Gronk wrote on Instagram. “Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I chose a career as a professional footballer. However, for this task, we had to choose a location. So I wrote that I want to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. , for many reasons, sunny weather was #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 years ago. And let me tell you about traveling in Tampa over the past 2 years. blew away what I originally wrote about in college, big time.
“And for that, I want to thank the entire top-notch Buccaneers organization for an amazing trip, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team. Now I will return to my nursing home after retiring from football. again with my head held high, knowing that every time I went on the field, I gave everything I had, good or bad The friendships and relationships that I had will last forever and I appreciate each of my teammates and the coaches gave everything they had. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship, and now back to rest, thank you all. Buccaneers fans, Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, you all did it. every game, thanks for everything you do. Cheers for what’s next, maybe sailing the seas.
Gronk previously retired in 2019 after nine years with the New England Patriots but returned to join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay for another Super Bowl appearance in 2020.
Gronkowski left football as arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history. In 11 seasons, he amassed 621 catches, 9,286 yards and 92 TDs. During his heyday with the Patriots, Gronk was a monster both as a blocker and a pass catcher, with four seasons of 1,000+ yards and five double-figure touchdown campaigns. He won four Super Bowls, was named to the All-Pro team four times, and was selected to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Gronk Peak was an unstoppable force when he was healthy.
Returning to football in 2020, he helped the Bucks win Super Bowl LV by playing all 16 regular season games. In 2021, he was fully back in form and was strong with Brady, hitting 55 balls for 802 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season.
“Rob is a true professional who left everything on the field for us over the last two seasons and helped create a championship culture in our building,” Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement in response to the news. “The overpowering emotion I feel today is gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game.”
Tampa has been leaving the door open for Gronk to return this season to go after another Lombardi. Instead, the party animal decided to leave at the age of 33. This decision leaves the Bucs with Cameron Breit and rookies Cade Otton and Co Keeft at the top of their TE depth table.
Of course, there’s always the chance that Brady will call up Gronk during the season to retire again.
“This is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season,” Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told NFL Network Insider correspondent Ian Rapoport. “It wouldn’t surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. It’s just my opinion.”