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Tight end Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement for the second time after 11 seasons with the NFL


Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement on Tuesday; marking the second time he has retired from the NFL.

Gronkowski said in the Instagram post“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 teamI 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.”

Gronkowski first retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots, but came out of retirement in 2020 to join Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, where they won another Super Bowl together. The former New England and Tampa star will go down as one of the best tight ends in NFL history, as well as a four-time Super Bowl champion, four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler.

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