Tuesday afternoon, Rob Gronkowski announced his second NFL retirement. The tight end has spent his career 11-year NFL career under quarterback Brady’s expert guidance, first with the Patriots for nine years and then with the Buccaneers for two. Gronkowski previously retired after the 2018 season with the Patriots before rejoining Brady in Tampa Bay.
Tom Brady on Rob Gronkowski Retirement
Following Rob Gronkowski’s announcement, Brady Tom Brady on Rob Gronkowski Retirement issued a statement congratulating his longtime friend.
“Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Gronk, Brady stated “, via Pro Football Discussion. “Throughout his entire career, no one has ever embodied the concept of ‘leaving it all out on the field’ like Rob has.” Every time he snapped, I knew that no matter how many people were in front of him, he’d get to his spot.
“What’s more important is who he was off the field.” He was focused when he needed to be and had fun the rest of the time. Every NFL player’s dream was to have Gronk in their locker room. I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together, and I’m even more excited about what ‘s ahead for you. Congratulations, Gronk; you deserve it.”
Together, they won four Super Bowls. Gronkowski was also a four-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler. With 92 receiving touchdowns, he ranks third all-time among tight ends, trailing only Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
Since Gronkowski’s last retirement, it’s become a running gag that Brady could call him and persuade him to return to the field. Even Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of retirement again.