By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL on Sunday. He played nine seasons with the Patriots.
The 29-year-old Amherst, New York native was a second-round draft pick by the Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro.
Gronkowski also won three Super Bowl Championships, including in February as the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams. New England won 13-3 over Los Angeles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was a five-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro selection. Gronkowski has considered retirement the last few seasons after batting numerous injuries.
He has played in 27 games the past two seasons after playing in just eight games during the 2016 season. He started 25 of those 27 games.
This past season, he made 13 appearances, including 11 starts. He had 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns.
The 682 yards were his fewest since the 2016 season when he had 540 yards. The 682 yards were the fewest in nearly a full season since his rookie season in 2010 when he had 546 yards in 16 games.
The three touchdowns tied the lowest in his career, as he also had three touchdowns during the 2016 season through eight games.
In his career, he has appeared in 115 games, including 100 starts. He had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.
He also had one carry for two yards, which came during the 2011 season.
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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.
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