Rob Gronkowski retired.  Again.  – The New York Times

Rob Gronkowski retired. Again. – The New York Times

Much to the comfort of defense coordinators, end zones and soccer balls – and the concerns of party boats, keg suppliers and content collectors – Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday (again), this time around.

Gronkowski announced his plans on Instagram, where he often shares hilarious news of his fun life, such as clips promoting the extravaganza of Gronk Beach in Las Vegas and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, which he co-hosted in April. Of course he did.

During his 11 seasons in the NFL, 33-year-old Gronkowski, a very serious player with a very frivolous personality, fertilized a difficult league with a playful destructiveness. The joy of his life evoked countless memories, perhaps none of his “Yo soy fiesta!” exclamation mark – “I’m on my side!” – After the playoffs in 2012.

Because Gronk’s lexicon is joined as a noun, verb, and sometimes even an adjective, his onomatopoeic surname created the perfect nickname for the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end. If he had been called Herman Weissman, for example, Gronkowski would never have appeared as a phenomenon. Instead, he celebrated the leap of gronkness by touching the Gronk spikes. According to the Pro Football Reference, he was very upset: 92 in the regular season, more than any other player since his debut in 2010, and 15 more in the postseason.

Blessed with giant hands – from thumb to pink, measuring 10¾ inches, about the size of a soccer ball – Gronkovsky made passes, held on to sealed guards and corner backs, like a magnificent blocker as a receiver. Redefining his position, he was selected four times for the All-Pro and five for the Pro Bowl.

Won four Super Bowl. The three came with New England, their bodies eventually betraying him and preventing him from betraying them to the maximum. He tore his knee, broke his arm and injured his back.

All these worries forced him to retire for the first time, after the 2018 season, before the age of 30. He spent his interregnum – as expected – in wrestling events, promoted cannabidiol products as painkillers, and worked for a charity. However, backed by old friend and former Patriots teammate Tom Brady (and Florida’s forgiving climate), Gronkowski joined the Buccaneers in 2020 and scored two touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Super Bowl victory over Kansas City that season.

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said: “Although his achievements on the pitch have earned him a gold jacket and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this is his humble attitude and his first approach to the game for the team. It really defined his career. ”

Gronkowski, who thinks he will actually retire this time, will be identified in the canton of Ohio five years later when he first qualifies. It’s not hard to imagine him cutting off the sleeves of his Hall-signed gold jacket to show off his bulging muscles. Perhaps he will wear it on his bare chest as a sign of respect for his shirtless cavorting during all the Super Bowl championship parades. That would be the most disgusting thing ever.

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