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Former Wildcat, Super Bowl champ Rob Gronkowski retires for second time

Gronk retires again
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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-21 22:02:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Former Arizona Wildcats star Rob Gronkowski has retired from the NFL for the second time, he announced on Instagram.

The 33-year-old four-time Super Bowl champion played for the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2018 — winning three Super Bowls with Tom Brady — before retiring in March 2019.

He came out of retirement just over a year later and won another Super Bowl with Brady in Tampa Bay.

A 6-foot-6, 268-pound tight end, Gronkowski played at Arizona in 2007 and 2008.

He wrote in his retirement post:

In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be. Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player. For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team. I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. 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. Buccaneers 🏴‍☠️ fans, the Krewe, without you guys, none of this is possible, all of ya brought it every game, thank you for all you do. Cheers to what’s next, maybe sailing the seas 🏴‍☠️ Arghhhhhh!!


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