Gronk Announces His Retirement On Instagram

(Photo by: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

(Photo by: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

It's a sad day for Pats Nation as Rob Gronkowski has just announced his retirement from the NFL in an Instagram post. After nine seasons with the New England Patriots he puts an end to an incredible career.

Gronk's had 79 touchdown receptions since joining the Patriots as a second-round draft choice in 2010 led the NFL. He had 10 or more touchdown receptions in five seasons, which is the most by a tight end in NFL history. But an often overlooked part of his game was his powerful blocking, which made him a rarity in today's game: A true "combination" tight end, equally as effective as a blocker and pass-catcher.

Thank You Gronk!

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