Rob Gronkowski announces second retirement

The Williamsville native spent the past two seasons with the Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski is retiring, possibly for good this time.

Gronkowski announced his retirement on social media Tuesday afternoon, bringing an end to a Hall of Fame career that saw him win four Super Bowls in 11 seasons.

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"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," Gronkowski wrote, in part. "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."

Gronkowski previously retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the New England Patriots. After one year off, however, he came out of retirement to join Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won another Super Bowl in 2020. Gronkowski, now 33, returned for a second season with the Buccaneers this past season.

The Williamsville native retires with 92 career receiving touchdowns, good for the 12th-most all time, and the third-most ever by a tight end. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro.

While it would seem unlikely that Gronkowski unretires for a second time, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has already told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter to not rule that out.

So, "Gronk" is done... at least for now.

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