Rob Gronkowski retires from NFL for second time after 11 seasons

Rob Gronkowski hung them up again.

Gronkowski, considered one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, posted on Instagram Tuesday afternoon that he would retire for the second time in his career.

Gronkowski retired for the first time after nine years in New England due to injury, but returned to the league to play alongside Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Now, after two seasons and a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers, Gronkowski is retiring again at 33.

“I would like to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing journey and believe I will come back to play and help build a championship team,” Gronkowski wrote. “I will now go back to my retirement home and leave the football pitch again with my head held high, knowing that every time I step on the pitch, I will give everything I have, good or bad. The friendships and relationships I have made. It will last forever, and I thank every one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they have.”

Gronkowski and Brady won three Super Bowls together in New England until the tight end retired after the 2018 season and Brady left after the 2019 season. In 2020, they won another Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, with Brady giving Gronkowski two touchdowns in a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gronkowski finished his career with 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 93 touchdowns in 143 games — making him one of the most prolific tight ends of all time. His 93 touchdowns are third among NFL tight ends behind Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111). He set the NFL record for most touchdowns in 2011 with 17 wins.

In 22 career playoff games, Gronkowski had 98 catches for 1,389 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017 and won five Pro Bowls.



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