On Tuesday, Bucs tight finish Rob Gronkowski introduced his retirement from the NFL at age 33. The 11-year professional is following the likes of head coach Bruce Arians and Professional Bowl guard Ali Marpet into retirement following the 2021 season. Jordan Shultz broke the news on Twitter.
Breaking: Rob Gronkowski tells me he’s retiring.
The long run first poll Corridor of Famer received 4 Tremendous Bowls whereas incomes a spot on the NFL’s one centesimal Anniversary Group and 2010s All-Decade Group.
An all-time nice formally hangs em up at 33 years outdated.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 21, 2022
Gronk mentioned his retirement on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Gronkowski got here to the Bucs in 2020 by way of a commerce, un-retiring after sitting out the 2019 season. His arrival in Tampa Bay adopted 9 elite seasons in New England. He made an instantaneous influence in his first marketing campaign with the Bucs, taking part in in all 16 video games en path to a Tremendous Bowl LV championship. Gronkowski caught 45 balls for 623 yards and 7 scores in 2020.
In his second season with the membership, Gronkowski was restricted to simply 12 video games as a consequence of harm. Nonetheless, he posted a powerful 55 receptions for 802 yards and 6 touchdowns. In six playoff contests as a Buc, the longer term Corridor of Famer recorded 17 catches for 226 yards and three scores. Two of these touchdowns got here within the Bucs 31-9 Tremendous Bowl victory over the Chiefs.
Gronk’s Place In Historical past
Thought-about by many the best tight finish of all-time, Gronk has the stats and data to face behind that declare. Over his 11-year profession, Gronkowski has 621 receptions for 9,826 yards and 92 touchdowns in 142 common season video games. Within the playoffs he added one other 98 catches for 1,389 yards and 15 scores.
He holds the NFL document for many touchdowns by a decent finish in a season with 17. In the meantime, Gronkowski additionally boasts essentially the most receptions and receiving yards by a decent finish in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
Gronk leaves the sport with a handful of accolades and achievements. A four-time Tremendous Bowl champion, he is also a four-time All-Professional and five-time Professional Bowler. He received the 2014 Comeback Participant of the Yr award and was named to the NFL’s one centesimal Anniversary All-Time and the 2010’s All-Decade groups.
Gronkowski’s retirement, albeit considerably anticipated, leaves the Bucs very skinny and younger at tight finish. Cam Brate, who turns 31, in July, is the lone veteran with expertise on the roster. Tampa Bay drafted Cade Otton and Ko Kieft within the fourth- and sixth-rounds in April. The Bucs have three different tight ends on the roster in observe squad participant Codey McElroy and J.J. Howland and Ben Beiese.