- Future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski has retired from the NFL.
- Gronk officially hangs it up after a stellar career with the Patriots and Buccaneers.
- The NFL world reacts to the retirement of one of the best tight ends.
There it is. The moment everybody has been anxiously waiting for.
According to Jordan Schultz, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end and Tom Brady’s longtime teammate, Rob Gronkowski, has retired from the NFL.
Breaking: Rob Gronkowski tells me he’s retiring.
The future first ballot Hall of Famer won four Super Bowls while earning a spot on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team and 2010s All-Decade Team.
An all-time great officially hangs em up at 33 years old.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 21, 2022
After Tom Brady retired and then unretired, everybody was waiting to see if Gronk would run it back for one more year with Brady and the Bucs.
But he doesn’t appear to want to play anymore, although we have seen Gronkowski retire and return before.
Here’s the announcement from the man himself via his Instagram page.
The NFL World Reacts To The Retirement Of Rob Gronkowski
The news triggered a ton of NFL fans, and a lot paid respect to one of the greatest all-time at the tight end position.
The GOAT of all TE’s. No one comes close
— Browns are better than your favorite team (@BrownsBetter) June 21, 2022
GOAT TE 🐐 pic.twitter.com/S1JestpAMl
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) June 21, 2022
Best ever when he retired the first time. Even better after retiring the second. No player has ever been more difficult to guard than Gronk, and no one ever will. He and Tom will always be my two favorite players. Love you Gronk. See you in Canton! https://t.co/uX9cHp450t
— Evan Glotzer (@evanglotzer) June 21, 2022
One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history is retiring after 11 seasons with the @Patriots and @Buccaneers#Patriots #Buccaneers #ForeverNE #GoBucs https://t.co/T89KQT7UzV
— Callum Mattocks (@CallumRM06) June 21, 2022
On the other hand, some are expecting Gronk to return to NFL again, just like the last time he announced his retirement.
Greatest TE to ever do it but Brady will have him back by week 5 https://t.co/lvSD7pm5ey
— . (@SportsTalkGxFR) June 21, 2022
I wonder how long before he unretires again? https://t.co/W64BVb5e9g
— Brennan McKinney (ChiefBlue4298) (@STLBluesFan98) June 21, 2022
He just dont wanna go thru training camp lol. He’ll be out there week 1
— Danny Dimes🪙 To Toney🐊 (@BallsDeepInYm3) June 21, 2022
we’re not falling for this again 🥸
— russ’s burner (@milehigh420) June 21, 2022
Bro pulling a Brady he’ll be back in a week
— Liam Mingo (@Mangoman16111) June 21, 2022
Just doesn’t want to deal with training camp. He’ll have a “change of heart” in September.
— Chris Robinson (@crobdesigns) June 21, 2022
When he sees Tom brady playing week 1 he gonna comeback
— Jagxile 🇺🇸 🇵🇪 (@Smurfgang1) June 21, 2022
For now, Gronkowski is headed for retirement, although nobody would be surprised to see him back on the field at some point, and his agent even hinted at that possibility.
In reaction to Rob Gronkowski’s news, his agent Drew Rosenhaus texts: “It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2022