Rob Gronkowski is once again retired…for now.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots tight end has once again announced that he’s hanging up the cleats, just two seasons after making his first comeback—when he joined his buddy Tom Brady on the Bucs in 2020.
The news was first announced by NFL insider Jordan Schultz, who claimed to have been given the news by Gronk himself.
Shortly after, Gronk released a statement of his own, thanking the Buccaneers and their fans for two great years in Tampa.
In the statement, Gronk talks about how he had an assignment in college where he had to talk about his dream job. And according to the wacky tight end, he wrote about playing professional football in Tampa — mainly because of the sunny weather.
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“In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be. Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player. For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team. I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all. Buccaneers fans, the Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, all of ya brought it every game, thank you for all you do. Cheers to what’s next, maybe sailing the seas Arghhhhhh!!”
With so many former NFLers signing monster contracts to enter the broadcast booth, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Gronk already has a job lined up with some big-time network in the coming days.
It also wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the future Hall of Fame tight end is making a comeback at some point this season, or before the start of the 2023 season. At least that’s the feeling that his very own agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has after hearing about his client’s retirement.
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