On Sunday, Rob Gronkowski officially made his decision to retire from the game of football.
Gronk made the announcement via an emotional Instagram post and immediately received congratulatory messages from Tom Brady, other Pats teammates, and more figures from around the sports world.
Check out the reactions below. . .
Tom Brady's IG comment
Tom Brady's IG post
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What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field! Your fun-loving, inspiring, and positive energy made an impact on everybody you came into contact with! Not just that, but for as great as a player you are, you are a better teammate and person. The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!! Love you pal!
Kyle Van Noy
My guy!!! @RobGronkowski Robbbbyyyyyy Ggggggg! Much love homie! I’m happy that you get to leave the game on your own terms. You are the Best TE ever to play the game! Can’t wait to see what you do next..... #RobbyGradio #GOAT— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) March 24, 2019
No Doubt...need a seat on the Gronk bus lol -Dmac https://t.co/RTSENXZlsD— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) March 24, 2019
Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich
Gronk's brother, Chris
Congrats to my little, I mean younger, bro. Unreal career that entertained and impressed everyone that got to watch. pic.twitter.com/2TpPNsgaer— Chris Gronkowski (@Chrisgronkowski) March 24, 2019
Happy retirement big fella @RobGronkowski , one of the best ever TE’s— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) March 24, 2019
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell
thank youu for the amazing moments @RobGronkowski 🐐💯— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 24, 2019
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt
Congrats on an incredible career @RobGronkowski. One of the best to ever do it. Best wishes on whatever comes next!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 24, 2019
Carolina Panthers defensive end Bruce Irvin
@RobGronkowski congrats to one of the best to ever do it! So dope to see you go out on your time. Good luck on ur continued success brother! Ps u never gave me that fade back from the super bowl! 😂🤷🏾♂️— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) March 24, 2019
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen
For the past 9 years, after each week, one of the first guys reception targets I would go watch was @RobGronkowski. Some stuff I would steal, other stuff only he could do. Incredible career and enjoy what’s next. See you in canton— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) March 24, 2019
UFC president Dana White
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long
Gronk one of the most dominant players to put on a helmet. Amazing career.— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) March 24, 2019
Mayor Marty Walsh
7861 Rec Yds— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 25, 2019
3 Super Bowls
Congratulations on your retirement @RobGronkowski! You’ve made this city very proud and you will be missed. @Patriots | #Gronk pic.twitter.com/FWRMQkF20g
Boston Red Sox
A couple of retired Boston sports legends and champs.— Red Sox (@RedSox) March 25, 2019
Thanks, Gronk! pic.twitter.com/JfabUDVCBo
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