Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski retires AGAIN after winning four titles with longtime teammate Tom Brady

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski retires AGAIN after winning four titles with longtime teammate Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and New England – but his agent says another return is possible

Rob Gronkowski is, once again, a former NFL player.

The four-time Super Bowl champion and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced his second retirement on Tuesday, thanking fans, teammates and coaches on Instagram.

‘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,’ wrote the legendary tight end. ‘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.’

Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021

Brady and Gronkowski created one of the most prolific QB-TE connections in NFL history

Brady and Gronkowski created one of the most prolific QB-TE connections in NFL history 

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (#87) celebrate after the win. The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (#87) celebrate after the win. The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

Aside from football, the western New York State native has dabbled in comedy, endorses a number of products, and is frequently seen with his famous girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Camille Kostek (right)

Aside from football, the western New York State native has dabbled in comedy, endorses a number of products, and is frequently seen with his famous girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Camille Kostek (right) 

Gronkowski’s retirement was met by some skepticism.

ESPN’s Kimberley Martin tweeted she’ll need to ‘check back in with Gronk in 41 days,’ referencing the start of training camp, when many NFL players get the urge to return to the game.

Even Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, left the door open for another return to football.

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

Gronkowski’s announcement follows Brady’s brief retirement and subsequent return to the Buccaneers earlier this spring.

A second-round pick out of Arizona in 2010, Gronkowski went on to be named to five Pro Bowls and four All-Pro First Teams during his tenure in New England. During that time he accumulated 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. 

Despite battling back injuries in New England, Gronkowski was mostly healthy over two seasons in Tampa, missing only four games and registering 1,205 receiving yards to go with 13 touchdowns. 

He was particularly strong in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl LV win over the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs, catching six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns. 

Aside from football, the western New York State native has dabbled in comedy, endorses a number of products, and is frequently seen with his famous girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Camille Kostek.  

Gronkowski appeared to include some sort of a pirate or buccaneer reference at the end

Gronkowski appeared to include some sort of a pirate or buccaneer reference at the end 

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