Rob Gronkowski, who has been playing for the New England Patriots since he was drafted in 2010, is retiring. The tight end made the surprising announcement on Instagram this afternoon.
Known to his fans as ‘The Gronk,’ Rob has played in eight AFC Championships and four Super Bowls, winning three of them over the course of nine years.
Below is his post about leaving the NFL and what’s next.
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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.
According to Fox, Gronkowski will finish his career with 521 regular-season catches over nine NFL seasons for 7,861 total yards and 79 touchdowns. This is the third-most by a tight end in NFL history. Gronk’s 12 career postseason touchdown receptions ‘are the most by a tight end in NFL playoff history and his 81 career postseason catches are also best among tight ends.’
His former teammates, including Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, wished him luck and shared their love for the ‘other GOAT’ on social. Media following the news.
Football in High Heels wishes Rob luck in his new adventures.