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Gronk is hanging up the jersey…

Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end, announced his retirement in a post on Instagram:

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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. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. 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. But now its 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 rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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“I will be retiring from the game of football today.” Today? I thought he would give it one more season, at least!

Tom Brady has kind words to say about it:

Julian Edelman had some great words, too:

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The other goat ???? #gronk

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According to Fox News, Gronkowski will finish his career with 521 regular-season catches over nine NFL seasons for 7,861 total and 79 touchdowns, the third-most by a tight end in NFL history. Brady and Gronkowski hooked up on 78 TD passes, the second-most between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history. Arguably the best bromance in sports history, too.

We wish you the best of luck, Gronk, and we will await your induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

[Source: FOX NEWS]