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Rob Gronkowski retires, won’t join Tom Brady for 3rd season in Tampa Bay

The four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years, saying he’s going back to “chilling out.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady celebrate together after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, and quarterback Tom Brady celebrate together after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.Steve Luciano / AP file
/ Source: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Four-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement again, meaning he will not join Tom Brady for a third season in Tampa Bay.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, the four-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots and Buccaneers thanked his teammates and coaches over the years and said he’s going back to “chilling out.”

“I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team,” Gronkowski wrote.

“I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field. The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well.”

The 33-year-old retired in 2019 after nine seasons with the Patriots, but returned in 2020 when Brady went to the Buccaneers. The close friends teamed up to help Tampa Bay win a Super Bowl in 2021.

Gronkowski had 621 catches for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns in the regular season. He had 98 receptions for 1,389 yards and 15 TDs in the postseason.