Rob Gronkowski put an end to his professional football career. He spent nine years in New England, and announced his retirement on Sunday. Gronk has every right to become a Hall of Famer, and his final catch describes his career in short.
Gronk’s final catch came in Super Bowl LIII. He had a 29-yard reception with 7:43 left to play in the fourth quarter of the game. TB12 dropped back from 31-yard line on 2nd & 3 play to connect with his favorite tight end. Gronk beat the double-coverage and brought the team to score the only touchdown.
In his career, Gronk
totaled 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he
added 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns. The tight end is a
three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler, four-time First-Team
All-Pro and was the comeback player of the year.
“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft
when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months
with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring
from the game of football today,” Gronk wrote in his retirement post on
Instagram. “I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach
Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences
over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I
have met, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart
of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every
opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can
apply to mine.
“Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the
incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization.
Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my
work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and
move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots
Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart
for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great
established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep
building success. To all my current and
past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart
of. I will truly miss you guys.
“Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to
the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of