Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, a popular tight end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced his retirement from the NFL (again) on Tuesday. He stated on Twitter, “I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back and 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 on the field.”
Gronkowski was a member of the New England Patriots from 2010 until his first retirement in 2018. In 2020, he came out of retirement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneer, which he played for through last season. His first retirement came as a result of a series of injuries and persistent pain that had taken their toll on his mental health. As a tight end, Gronkowski has set several records and has appeared in six Super Bowls since 2010. He was also noted for his flexibility on the field and versatility as a player.