Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman (SEAC) Ramon "CZ" Colon-Lopez attend the USO-Metro 38th Annual Awards Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C., March 10, 2020. Via Wikimedia Commons.

After a long career with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end Rob Gronkowski announced he is retiring from the NFL. Gronkowski is a four-time Superbowl champion

Fox News reports:


“In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be. Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player. For that assignment though, we had to pick the location,” Gronkowski wrote on Instagram.

“So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, 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.

“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. 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 as well. From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all. Buccaneers fans, the Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, all of ya brought it every game, thank you for all you do. Cheers to what’s next, maybe sailing the seas.”

Quarterback Tom Brady, who has played with Gronkowski for years, released a heartfelt statement via social media:

Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of [Rob Gronkowski]. Nobody has ever embodied the idea of “leaving it all out on the field” like Rob has throughout his entire career. 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.

Even more important is the person he was off the field. Focused when he had to be, and FUN the rest of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was every NFL players dream. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, and even more excited for all you have ahead of you.

Congrats Gronk, you deserve it.




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JimN
JimN
1 month ago

Who the hell cares? It is just a form of show business.