Tom Brady posts emotional statement to Rob Gronkowski after retirement announcement.
Rob Gronkowski is retiring from football (again) but this time it’s probably going to stick. The eternal sidekick of NFL GOAT Tom Brady retired once before and then un-retired when Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronkowski joined Brady on the gridiron for two more seasons, winning the Super Bowl with him again.
But on Tuesday announced he’s finally done.
Tom Brady reflects on friendship, career alongside Rob Gronkowski
Shortly after the news broke Brady posted a lengthy statement to his friend upon his retirement.
“Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of @gronk. Nobody has ever embodied the idea of ‘leaving it all out on the field’ like Rob has throughout his entire career. Every single snap, I knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he was going to get to his spot.
Even more important is the person he was off the field. Focused when he had to be, and FUN the rest of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was every NFL players dream. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, and even more excited for all you have ahead of you.
Congrats Gronk, you deserve it.”
Gronk confirmed the retirement news with a social media post of his own, writing:
“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,” he wrote on Instagram. “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!!”
Many have wondered if Brady would be retiring after the 2022 season and now those rumors are sure to intensify with Gronk making things official.