Rob Gronkowski once again hangs up the cleats… the legendary tight end has just retired from football for the second time in his career.
The Tampa Bay star broke the news on Tuesday … this after he originally came out of retirement to play with Tom Brady and the Bucs in 2020.
In his two seasons with TB12 in Florida since, he won another Super Bowl ring … and caught 100 more passes for 1,425 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I want to thank the entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing run, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team,” Gronk said in a lengthy retirement post on his Instagram page.
“I will now return to my nursing home, walking away from football with my head held high knowing that I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the pitch.”
Gronk first called he leaves after the 2018 season…saying that after a 9-year stint with Brady and the New England Patriots, his body wasn’t feeling good enough to continue.
Gronk had toyed with the idea of returning for a third season at Tampa Bay this offseason, saying TMZ Sports he stayed “in shape” just in case he wanted to play again.
But, apparently, that itch never came…and he seemed sure of his decision when he announced it on Tuesday.
“From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now relaxing,” Gronk said, “thank you everyone.”
What’s interesting … Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus said there’s at least a slim chance it won’t be the end of Rob’s historic career… telling ESPN adam schefter“It wouldn’t surprise me if Tom Brady called him during the season to come back and Rob answered the call. It’s just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob came back during the season or next season. “
But, for now, it looks like the 33-year-old is really done.
See you in five years in Canton!