His first “retirement” came after playing nine seasons for the New England Patriots.
By that time, he had won three Super Bowls and had become a four-time First-Team All-Pro.
However, his sabbatical lasted for only one year after he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After the 2021 season and an uneventful free agency period, Gronkowski decided to hang up his cleats.
Will it be for good this time?
He still has some gas left in his tank after a season with 802 yards and six touchdowns.
However, he only played 12 games last year and his body is dictating that he’s had enough football.
After all, he will continue to rake in money as a charming product endorser.
He could also venture into other endeavors as an effective entertainer.
But now that he is retired, Gronkowski had a comical reaction to an observation by an NFL insider.
Be careful, Tom doesn’t like to lose 🤣 https://t.co/wKw9cbr8ih
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) June 22, 2022
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted, “Retirement scoreboard: Rob Gronkowski – 2, Tom Brady – 1.”
To which the five-time Pro Bowler responded, “Be careful, Tom doesn’t like to lose.”
Luckily, they kept on winning when they played together, adding a victory in Super Bowl LV to their list of accomplishments.
In that game, Brady and Gronkowski connected on two touchdowns which helped the Buccaneers dominate the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady Will Even The Count Soon
The 44-year-old quarterback ended his “retirement” after 40 days.
He will be playing his 23rd NFL season and aiming for an unprecedented eighth Super Bowl victory.
However, he will have to achieve that feat without his trusted tight end.
When Brady leaves the game again, he will have as many retirements as his good friend.
The count would stay that way forever unless one of them decides to come back.