Rob Gronkowski is one of the most famous players in the NFL. He has been a staple for fans for nearly the past decade.
Now, after spending nine years in the NFL, Rob is retiring. He shocked fans by making the huge announcement and thanking everyone for their support over the years.
"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," Gronkowski wrote in a social media post. "I will be retiring from the game of football today."
"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," he added. "But now its [sic] 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 [the] rest of my life."
Fans and fellow teammates took to social media to share their thoughts about his retirement. Rob is without a doubt one of the greatest tight ends of all time. Tom Brady also spoke out on social media about losing his teammate.
"What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @RobGronkowski! 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!" wrote Tom Brady on his Twitter account.
Join us in congratulating Rob on an amazing career! We wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do next! Will you miss watching Gronkowski play? Let us hear your thoughts on this in the comments section of our Facebook page!