TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | TSWT) – Rob Gronkowski, four-time Super Bowl champion, tight end in the NFL for 11 seasons as a member of the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced his retreat Tuesday on social media. media.
This is the second time Gronkowski has retired from the NFL, having hung up his boots in New England after playing from 2010 to 2018 with the Patriots before returning in 2020 to play two seasons with the Buccaneers.
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Gronkowski, 33 years old, writing on social media“I want to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an incredible run, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team. I will now be returning to my retirement home, stepping away from the football with my head held high knowing that I gave him everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped onto the pitch.
“The friendships and relationships I’ve made will last forever, and I appreciate each of my teammates and coaches for giving their all as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to relaxing, thank you all.
During his 11 seasons in the NFL, Gronkowski was part of four Super Bowl-winning teams, three times with the Patriots and again with the Buccaneers.
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“Rob is a true professional who has left everything on the court for us for the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said.
Gronkowski holds two Super Bowl records — most career receptions by tight end and most receiving yards at stance.
His 92 career touchdowns rank third in NFL history among tight ends, behind only Antonio Gates’ 116 and Tony Gonzalez’s 111, although Gronkowski has played far fewer games (143) than Gates (236) and Gonzalez (270).
Gronkowski has played each of his NFL seasons with quarterback Tom Brady. The duo’s 90 regular-season touchdown connections make them the second most prolific passing/catching tandem in NFL history behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison’s astonishing 112 touchdowns.
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