Star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is retiring from the NFL.
The career of one of the best tight ends in Patriot and NFL history has come to an end. Five-time Pro Bowler and 3-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL in an Instagram post on Sunday.
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.
Local fans said he will be remembered as one of the most dominant players in NFL history.
“When he was on the field it was like he was in charge,” Jeff Gifford said. “He just overpowered the opponents like nobody’s business, he stepped right through them. The fans loved it and I loved it.”
Though fans were surprised about Gronks retirement, they agreed he made the right decision.
“If he kept going he probably would’ve broken a few more records, he probably would’ve broken a few more bones too,” Danny Stone said. “It’s a shame he had to give it up this early.”
Despite Gronkowski’s retirement, fans are confident the Pats will have a winning season in 2019.
“I think he was a great player, but they have a great staff, and Belichick knows how to pick players,” Jerry Crochiere said.
With a big personality, fans are confident Gronk will have a successful life after football.
“He’s a great fun loving guy, he’ll definitely go into acting or have some type of TV or radio spot,” Stone said.
Gronk will retire with the most receiving touchdowns by a Patriot.