Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight finish Rob Gronkowski is once more calling it a profession.
Gronkowski, 33, introduced his retirement Tuesday through social media.
“I wish to thank the entire complete top notch Buccaneers group for a tremendous trip, trusting me to come back again to play and assist construct a championship workforce,” Gronkowski mentioned in his assertion. “I’ll now be going again into my retirement house, strolling away from soccer once more with my head held excessive understanding I gave it all the pieces I had, good or dangerous, each time I stepped out on the sector.
“The friendships and relationships I’ve made will final without end, and I respect each single one among my teammates and coaches for giving all the pieces they’d as effectively. From retirement, again to soccer and profitable one other championship and now again to chilling out, thanks to all.”
Nonetheless, Gronkowski’s agent advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he wouldn’t be shocked if his consumer might be coaxed out of retirement for a second time by Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
“It might not shock me if Tom Brady calls him through the season to come back again and Rob solutions the decision,” Drew Rosenhaus advised Schefter. “That is simply my opinion, however I wouldn’t be shocked if Rob comes again through the season or subsequent season.”
Gronkowski had beforehand retired after the 2018 season with the New England Patriots due to accidents. The 2010 second-round draft select of Arizona largely credit Brady for setting the expectations for his profession, and it was Brady who summoned him out of retirement in 2020 to play for the Bucs.
Although their personalities differed immensely — Gronkowski playful, fun-loving and by no means recognized to have a foul day by coaches or teammates; Brady, methodical and intense — they developed an in depth connection, each on and off the sector.
“Teammate, good friend, brother, only a few of the phrases that come to thoughts after I consider @gronk,” Brady wrote in an Instagram put up. “No one has ever embodied the thought of ‘leaving all of it out on the sector’ like Rob has all through his complete profession. Each single snap, I knew that regardless of how many individuals you place in entrance of him, he was going to get to his spot.
Gronk Has Most TD Catches Since 2010
Rob Gronkowski’s 92 touchdowns since coming into the league in 2010 are essentially the most of any participant throughout that span and the third-most by a decent finish all time.
Rob Gronkowski 92
Jimmy Graham 85
Antonio Brown 83
Mike Evans 75
Dez Bryant 75
— ESPN Stats & Info
“Much more essential is the individual he was off the sector. Centered when he needed to be, and FUN the remainder of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was each NFL [player’s] dream. I’m happy with all that we’ve achieved collectively, and much more excited for all you’ve got forward of you. Congrats Gronk, you deserve it.”
Gronkowski is the second key member of the Buccaneers’ offense to retire this 12 months, following guard Ali Marpet, who retired in February. Brady himself introduced his retirement in February solely to unretire 40 days later.
With out Gronkowski, the Buccaneers’ depth chart at tight finish for subsequent season consists of veteran Cameron Brate, 2022 draft picks Cade Otton (fourth spherical) and Ko Kieft (sixth spherical) and Codey McElroy.
How will Bucs fill gap — on and off the sector — left by Gronk’s retirement?
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Gronkowski’s breakthrough 12 months got here in 2011, when he set the NFL report for many receiving touchdowns by a decent finish with 17. The 12 months earlier than, Gronkowski unveiled what turned generally known as his signature transfer — the “Gronk Spike,” the place he forcefully slammed the ball onto the sector after each landing he scored.
Gronkowski received 4 Tremendous Bowls — three with the Patriots (XLIX, LI, LIII) and one with the Buccaneers (LV) in 2020, a sport wherein he had two touchdowns, or “tuddies” as he favored to name them.
“Rob is a real skilled who left all of it on the sector for us the previous two seasons and helped set up a championship tradition in our constructing,” Buccaneers common supervisor Jason Licht mentioned in an announcement. “He performed an important half in our Tremendous Bowl LV championship season in 2020 and battled by a variety of accidents final 12 months whereas on the way in which to one of the vital productive receiving yardage seasons in his 11-year profession. It’s all the time troublesome to see an excellent participant stroll away from the sport when he’s nonetheless having fun with that sort of success, however the overwhelming feelings I really feel immediately are gratitude and respect for one of many best tight ends who ever performed the sport. Whereas his on-field accomplishments will certainly earn him a gold jacket and a spot within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, it’s his humble angle and team-first strategy to the sport that actually outlined his profession.”
Gronkowski was named a first-team All-Professional in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and was picked to 5 Professional Bowls (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017). He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2011 and was named NFL Comeback Participant of the 12 months in 2014. He was named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Workforce and its one hundredth Anniversary All-Time Workforce.
He leaves the sport with essentially the most profession touchdowns by a decent finish in postseason historical past (15) and the second-most at any place, behind solely receiver Jerry Rice (22). He additionally has essentially the most 100-yard video games by a decent finish in NFL historical past and essentially the most whole TDs in a single season by a decent finish in league historical past (18 in 2011).
Gronkowski’s 92 whole profession touchdowns are twelfth most in NFL historical past and third most on the tight finish place behind Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111). He was the one tight finish in NFL historical past to put up three seasons of 1,000 yards receiving and 10-plus touchdowns (2011, 2014 and 2015).
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