New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the game of football earlier this week. After spending nine seasons playing in the league, he has decided that it’s time for him to close that chapter of his life.
There have been many different factors contributing to this decision. Even though Gronkowski is young and his career in the NFL was relatively short, the tight end suffered many serious injuries during his time on the field. This year his performance was visibly deteriorating, as reports said that he was a shell of his former self.
It seems like all this made Gronkowski make the ultimate decision. He went on social media to share a rather lengthy statement on his decision and to say his farewell to the league and all the fans:
“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.”
Following his heartbreaking announcement, the Patriots released a 4 minute tribute to future Hall of Famer. Take a look:
There will never be another Gronk!