Rob Gronkowski retiring from the NFL again

Rob Gronkowski announced his second NFL retirement on Tuesday.

Rob Gronkowski is calling it a career — again.

The four-time Super Bowl champ is retiring for the second time in his prolific career, he announced Tuesday in an Instagram post.

“In college, I was 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,” Gronkowski wrote. “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 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.”

Gronkowski, 33, went on to thank the 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,” he continued. “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!!”

Though Gronkowski’s status for the 2022 season had been up in the air, the Buccaneers expressed that they’d welcome him back to the team. And, should Tom Brady once again call for Gronkowski, the tight end’s agent believes he could come out of retirement again.

“It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season,” Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Rob Gronkowski announced his second NFL retirement on Tuesday.
Rob Gronkowski announced his second NFL retirement on Tuesday.
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Gronkowski spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career in New England before announcing in March 2019 that he’d be stepping away from the game. He came out of retirement a year later to rejoin his former Patriots teammate Brady in Tampa Bay.

The five-time Pro Bowler spent the final two seasons of his playing career with the Buccaneers, winning his first Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay in February 2021.

The Buccaneers failed to replicate their Super Bowl magic during the 2021 season, however, and were eliminated by the now-Super Bowl champion Rams in the divisional round of the in January.