A rub and tug on the heart.
After nine seasons in New England, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement on social media on Sunday.
“I will be retiring from the game of football today,” he said on Instagram.
Gronkowski’s fellow Patriots and players from around the league went online to post their congratulations, including Gronk’s employer Robert Kraft.
Statement from Robert Kraft on @RobGronkowski. pic.twitter.com/l9bLZ4zLEs
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 25, 2019
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What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field! Your fun-loving, inspiring, and positive energy made an impact on everybody you came into contact with! Not just that, but for as great as a player you are, you are a better teammate and person. The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!! Love you pal!
The other goat 🐐 #gronk pic.twitter.com/FzCfT38BjR
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) March 24, 2019
Congrats on an incredible career @RobGronkowski. One of the best to ever do it. Best wishes on whatever comes next!
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 24, 2019
thank youu for the amazing moments @RobGronkowski 🐐💯
— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 24, 2019
Damn! Gonna miss watching you @RobGronkowski. Enjoy LAF (Life After Football) because there is a lot of life to be lived! Congrats on a great career! https://t.co/I1g6ljxxBI
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) March 24, 2019
Wow. 🤯 😳 #NoMoreGronkSpike https://t.co/tqh0Oy5r4o
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) March 24, 2019
For the past 9 years, after each week, one of the first guys reception targets I would go watch was @RobGronkowski. Some stuff I would steal, other stuff only he could do. Incredible career and enjoy what’s next. See you in canton
— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) March 24, 2019
Clearly Gronk was well liked.
He played the game just like a kid in his very own backyard.
No doubt Canton will be calling.
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