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Now retired, Tom Brady pays tribute to Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski announced his second retirement in the last few hours. His longtime teammate Tom Brady saluted his “brother.”

Number 87, perhaps the greatest tight end in NFL history, announced he was ending his career after 11 seasons with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tom Brady, with whom he had so much success, expressed his gratitude on social media.

Teammate, friend, brother, just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of @gronk. Nobody has ever embodied the idea of “leaving it all out on the field” like Rob has throughout his entire career. Every single snap, I knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he was going to get to his spot,” recalls the great quarterback.

Rob Gronkowski had already retired for the first time in April 2020. WhenTom Brady chose to continue his career in Tampa Bay, Gronk returned to the game with his former teammate. The two superstars went on to lead the Buccaneers to Super Bowl LV a few months later.

Even more important is the person he was off the field. Focused when he had to be, and FUN the rest of the time. Having Gronk in your locker room was every NFL players dream. I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together, and even more excited for all you have ahead of you. Congrats Gronk, you deserve it,” continued the seven-time Super Bowl winner.

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