“It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game”- Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM reacts to the retirement of Rob Gronkowski

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Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement from the NFL ahead of the upcoming season of the NFL.

Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement from the NFL. This is the second time that Gronk has retired from football, but this time it seems like we have seen his last on the football field.

He is a 4-time Super Bowl champion and won with two different teams. He and Tom Brady have been the best duo in football for the last decade. They were able to bring a championship for the Buccaneers and that was a great achievement for them.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht spoke after his team’s TE announced his retirement. He said, Rob is a true professional who left it all on the field for us the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” 

Licht added, “It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game when he is still enjoying that kind of success, but the overwhelming emotions I feel today are gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends who ever played the game.” 

Rob Gronkowski shared a heartfelt message upon his retirement

Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best Tight End in the history of the NFL. He had a stellar career, and nobody can doubt his commitment to his team.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

In his retirement message, Gronk wrote, “I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field,”

He added, The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had well.” 

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