“But You Said One More Year a Few Months Ago”: NFL World Shocked as Rob Gronkowski Calls It Quits Yet Again in 2022

Published 06/22/2022, 7:00 AM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement in an emotional Twitter post. But this is not the first time he has called it quits from the NFL. Previously, in 2019, Gronk announced that he’ll be retiring, citing he was not in a good place at the moment. However, later in 2020, after Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the TE made a comeback.

On the other hand, his retirement this time seems like a final adieu to fans. Responding to his tweets, fans posted heartfelt reactions. The four-time Super Bowl champion remarked that he has always wanted to be a professional football player, and the Bucs made it happen for him.


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In the post, Gronk said, “In college, I was asked to write about my dream job opportunity 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.”

Gronk acknowledged how he made a comeback from retirement and won another championship with the NFL legend Tom Brady. He said, “From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all.”

How did fans respond to the retirement news of Rob Gronkowski?

Multiple fans poured in their reactions to the much-loved career of Gronk. NFL Twitter fans went ahead and thanked the 33-year-old for his contributions to the sport. One user said, “you should definitely get a sport fisher style boat, a 69-footer and name it ‘Hades Heaven’ get it… 87? Thank you for performing at such a high level and keeping perspective… life’s too short to be too serious!”


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Not only emotional, but hilarious reactions came in as well. The Super Bowl champion’s fans did not hold back from trolling him on his retirement announcement yet again. Check out the reactions to his post.

How did Rob Gronkowski perform in his NFL career?


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The former Buccaneers‘ TE had a decorated record in his NFL career. He clocked 521 career receptions, 7,861 receiving yards, and 79 receiving touchdowns as a tight end.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts with Rob Gronkowski #87 during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Moreover, his playoff career stats are impressive as well. Gronk has 81 receptions, 1,163 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski, till now, has the most career postseason receiving yards by a tight end, that is, 1,163. Even though his celebrated career comes to an end, his fans will always remember him as an entertainer and star performer on the field.


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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. To fulfill his enthusiasm for covering sports, he started following the NFL and developed a keen interest.