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Gronkowski pictured after last month's Super Bowl victory in Georgia.
Gronkowski pictured after last month's Super Bowl victory in Georgia.
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New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement aged 29

The New Yorker has called it a day after securing his third Super Bowl championship in February.
Mar 24th 2019, 10:35 PM 13,401 8

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS tight end Rob Gronkowski has confirmed his retirement from Amerian football having this year secured his third Super Bowl championship.

The 29-year-old made an instrumental play in the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the LA Rams in Atlanta, with Sunday’s announcement bringing the curtain down on nine successful seasons with the franchise.

Tonight the New York native thanked Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick for their support over close to a decade of service in Boston.

“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,” Gronkowski said via an Instagram post.

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.

Super Bowl LIII - Atlanta The 29-year-old spent nine seasons in Boston with the New England Patriots. Source: Hahn Lionel/ABACA

He continued: “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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