Arizona legend, Super Bowl TE Rob Gronkwoski announces NFL retirement
Gronk is retiring… again.
The 33-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneer and former Arizona Wildcat standout announced his retirement from the NFL on social media Tuesday.
“I want to thank the whole entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team,” Rob Gronkowski wrote in a statement. “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.”
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) June 21, 2022
Gronkowski had previously retired after the 2018 season with the New England Patriots wrapped. Following the 2019 season, his quarterback, Tom Brady, talked him out of retirement and into joining Brady in Tampa Bay for a run at another Super Bowl.
The former second-round draft pick ends his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, a four-time NFL All-Pro selection, and a four-time Super Bowl champion. Gronkowski also won the AP Comeback Player of the Year in 2014, catching 82 balls for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team and its 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Gronk broke out in 2011, setting an NFL record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end (17) and total touchdowns by a tight end (18). He holds the NFL record for career postseason touchdowns by a tight end (15, trailing only Jerry Rice for the record by any position) and the NFL record for career 100-yard receiving games by a tight end.
He’s the only tight end in NFL history to post three seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards and 10-plus touchdowns. His 92 career scores rank third all-time among NFL tight ends.
At Arizona, Gronkowski was a touchdown machine during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He recorded 75 receptions for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns. Gronkowski was a third-team AP All-American in 2008 and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection at tight end. He was also a Freshman All-American in 2007. He set single-game, season, and career records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns by an Arizona tight end.
Rob Gronkowski's legacy began during his @ArizonaFBall days.
College Gronk was a beast 😤pic.twitter.com/vj5vCWsAq5
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 21, 2022