Rob Gronkowski retires: Tom Brady leads tributes to four-time Super Bowl winner
Rob Gronkowski has brought the curtain down on his glittering NFL career that included four Super Bowl wins alongside Tom Brady.
The 33-year-old announced his retirement on social media after a glittering career that will definitely get him into the Hall of Fame as one of, if not the best, tight end to have ever graced the gridiron.
Brady and Gronk one of the best duos in history
Although he had that party boy image, Gronkowski was famous for being a hugely hard-working player in training and also gave his all on the field, where he was a dominant tight end that was impossible to stop at times.
Brady and Gronkowski formed one of the greatest quarterback-receiver partnerships in league history, as despite playing at tight end, Gronk was an outstanding pass-catcher and an unstoppable force when he got his huge frame moving.
"Nobody has ever embodied the idea of 'leaving it all out on the field' like Rob has throughout his entire career," Brady wrote on Instagram.
"Every single snap, I knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he was going to get to his spot.
Could Gronkowski come out of retirement again?
A five-time Pro Bowler, Gronkowski was Brady's go-to guy in the play-offs, scoring more post-season TDs than any other tight end ever (15) and more than any other player in NFL history other than Jerry Rice (22).
He scored twice in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl success in 2021, but with a host of records in the bag there is still talk about whether this second retirement will stick.
Brady himself retired in February only to quickly reverse that decision, and with his tight end options a bit thin, there is talk that he may be forced to issue an SOS call to Gronkowski at some point, and even Gronk's agent thinks his man may answer it.
Gonna miss moments like these from Gronk and Tom ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KG2FI0MbM7— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) June 21, 2022