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Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski retires AGAIN after winning four titles with longtime teammate Tom Brady

Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski retires AGAIN after winning four titles with longtime teammate Tom Brady in Tampa Bay and New England – but his agent says another comeback is possible

  • Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement from the NFL for the second time
  • He first retired after the 2018 season after winning three titles with the Patriots
  • Gronkowski returned in 2020 to play with former teammate Tom Brady at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the two won a fourth Super Bowl together.
  • Brady retired in February to change his mind and return to the Buccaneers
  • Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said he wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t retire

Rob Gronkowski is another former NFL player.

The four-time Super Bowl champion and one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced his second retirement on Tuesday, thanking fans, teammates and coaches on Instagram.

“I want to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers organization for a great ride and trusting that I’ll be back to play and help build a championship team,” wrote the legendary tight end. “I am now going back to my retirement home and walking away from football again with my head held high, knowing that I gave everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped onto the pitch.

“The friendships and relationships I’ve made will last forever, and I appreciate all my teammates and coaches for giving them everything they had. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling, thank you all.’

Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021

Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021

Brady and Gronkowski created one of the most prolific QB-TE connections in NFL history

Brady and Gronkowski created one of the most prolific QB-TE connections in NFL history

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (#87) celebrate after the win.  The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (#87) celebrate after the win. The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale

Gronkowski’s retirement was met with some skepticism.

ESPN’s Kimberley Martin tweeted that she should be “back with Gronk in 41 days,” referring to the start of training camp, when many NFL players feel the urge to return to the game.

Even Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, left the door open for another return to football.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call,” Drew Rosenhaus told Schefter. “This is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”

Gronkowski’s announcement follows Brady’s brief retirement and subsequent return to the Buccaneers earlier this spring.

Gronkowski seemed to include some sort of pirate or buccaneer reference at the end

Gronkowski seemed to include some sort of pirate or buccaneer reference at the end

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