Rob Gronkowski, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end, has announced his retirement for a second time. With gratitude, Gronkowski said in a statement, “I want to thank the whole complete first class Buccaneers organization for a fantastic ride.”
This is the last game for me before retiring, and I can do it with pride knowing that I gave it everything every time I stepped out on the field, good or bad. It was reported that Gronkowski’s agent said to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he wouldn’t be surprised if Buccaneers QB Tom Brady managed to talk his client out of retirement again.
As per reports, Drew Rosenhaus told Schefter that he wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady calls Rob Gronkowski to ask him to come back during the season. Both Gronkowski and Brady had quite different personalities, yet the two formed a tight bond, both on and off the field, despite their vastly differing personalities.
Only veterans Cameron Brate and Cade Otton (fourth and sixth-round draught picks respectively) and Codey McElroy (second-round draught pick) make up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end depth chart for next season. In 2011, Gronkowski had his breakthrough year, scoring 17 receiving touchdowns to set the NFL record for a tight end. Gronkowski’s “Gronk Spike,” which he used to slam the ball onto the field after every touchdown he scored, was revealed the previous year.
There were three Super Bowl titles he earned with the Patriots (XLIX, LI, LIII) and one he won with the Buccaneers (LV in 2020), where he had two touchdowns, or “tuddies” in his words. At 15, he has set a new record for postseason touchdowns by a tight end and is tied with Jerry Rice for the second-highest total of any position player in postseason history (22).
At the tight end position, Gronkowski ranks third all-time behind Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (93). (111). for the first time in NFL history, he was the only tight end to score 10 or more touchdowns in three consecutive seasons (2011, 2014 and 2015).