Posted on March 25, 2019
By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter
It’s certainly the end of an era. Sorry Patriots fans, your beloved TE Rob Gronkowski has hung up his size bazillion cleats. Gronkowski, or as everyone knows him, Gronk, announced his retirement on Sunday via his Instagram account. In the long caption provided, he made sure to thank the New England Patriots organization, its fans, and all of his own.
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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.
The 29-year-old is retiring with his ENTIRE NFL career earnings in the bank – all $54M of it. We know what you’re thinking, “How is that even possible? This dude is constantly partying and that can’t be free.” And you’re 100% right – but here’s the thing: Gronk has lived purely off the money he brought in from endorsements. Even with his hard-partying ways, he might go down as the smartest guy in the NFL for this move.
So what’s next for this guy? DJs Tiesto and Zedd both anticipate a lot more partying in Las Vegas, some FCFL/Kinda Funny fans mentioned him getting in the ring at Wrestlemania, but we can think of something else Gronk can add to his list: commentating for the FCFL this upcoming season. How many of our fans would love to see him in the booth, not only providing his own hilarious insight to what’s happening on the field, but also having to announce some of the various team names you’ve been submitting? Now, can someone get Gronk’s people on the line?