Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Announces Retirement

After nine seasons in the National Football League, star New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement from football.

Gronk announced his decision through an Instagram statement posted on Sunday in which he reflected on an incredible career.

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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.

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Gronkowski was drafted back in 2010 by the New England Patriots. Since his selection, he has been unquestionably one of the best tight ends in the league. Gronkowski, a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time First Team All-Pro, will end his career with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. He holds the record for the most 1,000 yards seasons by a tight end with four, as well as the most career postseason receiving touchdowns for his position with 12. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Gronk also has recorded the most receptions (23) and receiving yards (297) by a tight end in Super Bowl history.

A surefire lock for the Hall of Fame, Gronkowski is largely considered to be the best tight end to ever play football.

Cole Topham is the lead editor for and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues. 

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