Former New England Patriots tight end and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers star, Rob Gronkowski, announced he was hanging up his cleats on Tuesday, and Tom Brady had kind words for his two-time teammate.
“Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of @gronk. Nobody has ever embodied the idea of ‘leaving it all out on the field’ like Rob has throughout his entire career. Every single snap, I knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he was going to get to his spot,” Brady posted on Instagram.
“Even more important is the person he was off the field. Focused when he had to be, and FUN the rest of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was every NFL players dream. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, and even more excited for all you have ahead of you.”
Gronkowski, 33, announced his re-retirement on the platform, two years after Brady convinced him to come back to the league and play with him on the Buccaneers in 2020. He initially opted to retire from the NFL as a Patriot in 2018, due to injury concerns.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) June 21, 2022
He shared a story about a college essay he wrote about playing professionally for his current team.
“I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1,” he recalled on Instagram. “I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He said that his journey with the organization has completely “blown away what I originally wrote about in college,” and thanked the team for “trusting” him to come back and play professionally.
“From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all,” Gronkowski wrote.
In his 11-season career, he has 521 receptions and 79 receiving touchdowns. Gronkowski holds the NFL record for most postseason receiving yards.