Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski Announces Retirement At Age 29 After Months Of Speculation


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he is retiring. After months of speculation that the 29-year-old star player would be hanging up his cleats, the man himself released a statement confirming the rumors.

As with all other celebrity announcements these days, The Gronk, used Instagram to break the news to fans he was done with football.

“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,” he shared at the beginning of a very lengthy post.

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Gronkowski went on to thank the two men who gave him a chance of a lifetime, owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick.

“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 nine years have been amazing both on and off the field,” he continued.

The football player also expressed his gratitude for his teammates, as well as Patriots fans, who are affectionally referred to as Pats Nation.  He shared how it was his privilege to be part of such a magnificent team and franchise.

“To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be a part 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 whats next.” The Gronk praised those who had his back on and off the field.

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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. 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 meet, 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 whats next.

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The New England Patriots will be down one of their most invaluable and talked about players when football returns this fall. Rob Gronkowski has decided it is time to close the chapter on football and move on to something new. His announcement is not all that surprising, as fans have been speculating, he was done playing the game.

It will be tough to replace The Gronk in the eyes of those that played football with him and those who spend their Sunday’s cheering him for the past ten years. Pats Nation is definitely going to feel the loss of Gronkowski.



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