UA’s Gronkowski retires from NFL

After 9 NFL season and 3 Super Bowl titles, Gronk walks away from football

UA’s Gronkowski retires from NFL
New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Los Angeles Rams' Samson Ebukam (50) after catching a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Wildcats product Rob Gronkowski (’09) announced his retirement from professional football Sunday.

Gronkowski broke the news in an Instagram post.

The tight end made five Pro Bowls in his nine NFL season and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

This after a stellar two-season playing career for UA (75 REC 1,197 YDS) in which he averaged 16 yards a catch with 16 touchdowns.

Gronkowski missed his entire junior season due to back injury but was still selected in the 2nd round (42nd) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He finishes his career with 9,024 combined receiving yards between the regular and post-seasons and 91 touchdowns.

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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.

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