Rob Gronkowski announces he’s retiring from the NFL

FOXBORO, Mass. (WLNE) – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced he’s retiring from the NFL.

He took to Instagram Sunday to post a heartfelt message about his decision, saying:

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.

“Gronk” played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the New England Patriots.

“I’m sad that Gronk is retiring but I’m happy for Gronk,” says Mike Bolinder of Brockton.

Plenty of people were buying Gronk jerseys at Patriot Place on Monday.

His silliness, a fan favorite.

“I mean he’s Gronk. Like yo soy fiesta,” says Katherine Cady.

After 9 seasons with the Patriots, there will have to be a big change in the team’s strategy.

“It’s definitely going to be a tough loss because you can’t replace a guy like that,” says Adam Saltmarsh of Foxboro.

But what’s next for Gronk? Many have speculated he’ll go into wrestling or acting.

“I know he’s got a back issue and as an old timer I know you got to take care of your back. I hope he doesn’t go into wrestling,” says Bill Hanlon.

“The Rock, except actually a decent actor,” says Bolinder.

Gronk’s agent leaving the door open, telling ESPN he wouldn’t be surprised if Gronk did a 180. Fans obviously open to that.

“If Gronk shows up for the last third of the season, I would not be the least bit sad,” says Bolinder.

There’s a WWE event in Boston Monday night, some are speculating Gronk could show up.

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