“In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be. Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player,” the 33-year-old wrote at the beginning of his swan song.
As he continued, he touched base on the significance of Florida and his salad day-desire to one day live in the sunny state. He said, “I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1.”
Similar to quarterback Tom Brady, Gronkowski began his career with the New England Patriots and played his remaining years with the Buccaneers. In addition, similar to Brady, the tight end once announced a premature retirement before promptly giving the NFL another go.
He was initially drafted by New England in 2020 as a second-round pick and played with the team for 11 seasons before moving on to Florida.
Rob Gronkowski reflects on his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time,” Gronkowski continued. “I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team.”
After leading up to the big announcement, Gronkowski shared, “I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field.”
“The friendships and relationships I have made will last forever, and I appreciate every single one of my teammates and coaches for giving everything they had as well,” he stated. “From retirement, back to football and winning another championship and now back to chilling out, thank you to all.”
He concluded his announcement by giving thanks to the people in his life who have made it possible to live out his dream of professional athleticism and joked that perhaps his next job will involve sailing the seas.
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