When Did Rob Gronkowski Retire?

Patriots and Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski dominated the football field during his playing days -- when did he retire from the NFL?

Trick question! Former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers great Rob Gronkowski is unquestionably a member of the Mount Rushmore of best NFL TEs of all time.

However, Gronkowski has retired twice, hence why the answer to this question is a bit convoluted. We’ll disentangle the two retirements, just please don’t spike your computer or phone in celebration like Gronk.

When Did Rob Gronkowski Hang Up the Cleats?

The 2018 season was Gronk’s last with the Patriots, retiring on March 24, 2019. He elaborated on the decision:

“I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life… I could play right now if I wanted to play. I’m feeling good. Physically, I could do it. Mentally-wise, desire-wise, it’s not there… I am very satisfied with where I am in life right now. I truly believe going through those tough times, nine years, off the field, on the field, has brought me to this point. I believe I’m on the right path in my life.”

While the news shocked the NFL world because of the height of his success individually and with New England, the former Arizona product racked up a significant amount of injuries. Football fans would miss his performances on the field, but Gronk would only grow in his off-the-field magnetism.

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Until Tom Brady came along and convinced him to un-retire.

The allure of chasing another Lombardi Trophy motivated Gronk, and they were able to seize the opportunity in their first year together in Tampa Bay (2020). The all-time great played in the 2021 season as well before retiring for good on June 21, 2022.

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