This is Gronkowski’s second time retiring from the NFL, having previously hung up his cleats in New England after playing from 2010 to 2018 with the Patriots before returning in 2020 to play two seasons with the Buccaneers.
“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.”
Over his 11 NFL seasons, Gronkowski was part of four Super Bowl-winning teams, three times with the Patriots and again with the Buccaneers.
Gronkowski holds two Super Bowl records — most career receptions by a tight end and most receiving yards at the position.
His 92 career receiving touchdowns rank third in NFL history among tight ends, behind only Antonio Gates’ 116 and Tony Gonzalez’s 111, despite Gronkowski playing significantly fewer games (143) than Gates (236) and Gonzalez (270).
Gronkowski played every one of his NFL seasons with quarterback Tom Brady. The duo’s 90 regular season touchdown connections make them the second most prolific touchdown passing/catching tandem in NFL history behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison’s astounding 112 touchdown completions.