Saying goodbye to professional sports is one of the most difficult moments for someone like Rob Gronkowski, who won the Super Bowl four times, all with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as his teammate, who did not hesitate to give him some very emotional words to say goodbye to his best friend on the field.
Gronk, tired and injured at 33 years old
Rob Gronkowski was one of the best at his position, tight end, but he also became one of the most beaten men in NFL football, even dabbling in professional wrestling, so at 33 years old he is already a very injured man.
Brady and Gronk, a lifelong friendship
“Teammate, friend, brother, just some of the words that come to mind when I think of @gronk,” Brady said wrote. “No one has ever embodied the idea of ‘leaving it all on the field’ like Rob has throughout his entire career. Every snap, he knew that no matter how many people you put in front of him, he would get to his spot.”
“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 player’s 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.”
Buccaneers thankful for time with Gronkowski
Today the NFL says goodbye to one of the men who most enjoyed what he did on the gridiron, and a player with the commitment and intensity of Rob Gronkowski will always be missed, but after months of expectations, he made the decision to step aside from one of the most violent sports.
“Rob is a true professional who left it all on the field for us the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” Buccaneers’ GM Jason Licht said.