This is the second time Gronkowski has retired from the NFL, having previously suspended his New England cleats 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 forged will last forever, and I appreciate each and every one of my teammates and coaches for giving their all as well. From retiring, back to football and winning another tournament and now back to relaxing, thank you everyone.”
During his 11 seasons in the NFL, Gronkowski was part of four Super Bowl winning teams, three times with the Patriots and once with the Buccaneers.
Gronkowski holds two Super Bowl records – most professional receptions with a narrow finish and most reception yards in the position.
His 92nd relegation run ranked him third in NFL history among tight ends, behind Antonio Gates 116 and Tony Gonzalez 111, despite Gronkowski playing far fewer games (143) than Gates (236) and Gonzalez (270).
Gronkowski played every NFL season with quarterback Tom Brady. The duo’s 90th regular season touchdowns make them the second most prolific passing/tandem-catch moment in NFL history behind only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison with an astonishing 112.