Rob Gronkowski retired before the 2019 season but is back in 2020 to follow Tom Brady to the pirate. The tight end may be back again, considering he’s only 33, but Gronkowski announced on Tuesday that he’s retiring.
He wrote a long post on Instagram saying goodbye.
“In college, I was asked to write about it dream job opportunity Which I wanted to follow and where the location would be,” Gronkowski wrote. “Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I chose to be a professional soccer player. For this task, we had to choose the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, sunny weather was #1. I completely forgot about writing this until a couple of years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell you, a trip in Tampa over the past two years spoiled what I originally wrote in college, big time. And for that, I want to thank the entire First Division Buccaneers organization for a great trip, and trust me to come back to play and help build the Championship team.
“I will now go back to my retirement home, walk away from football again with my head held high knowing that I gave it my all, good or bad, every time I went out on the field. The friendships and relationships I made will last forever, and I value every single one of my teammates In the team and the coaches for giving everything they have too. From retiring, getting back to football and winning another tournament and now back to relaxing, thank you everyone. Pirates fans, Krewe, without you guys none of this is possible, you all attended every game, thank you for Whatever you’re doing. Greetings for what’s next, maybe sailing the seas. Please him!!”
Gronkowski had a good time in a season that will last until season unless his good friend, Brady, can tempt him to come back. The Bucs were all optimistic that Gronkowski would return, but they molded Washington Kid Oton and Minnesota Ko Kiv to go with Cam Pratt.
Gronkowski has earned base salaries of $9.25 million and $8 million with the team in the past two seasons. It also hit $1 million in incentives last year. It is not known if the two sides even talked about money before Gronkowski made his decision.
Gronkowski had 55 passes for 802 yards with six touchdowns in 2021, and played in 12 games. In his career, he has had 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns.
If so, Gronkowski would almost certainly be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot after the mandatory five-year waiting period.
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