Rob Gronkowski explains why he omitted Patriots in second retirement announcement



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Rob Gronkowski explains why he omitted Patriots in second retirement announcement

Rob Gronkowski said he undoubtedly still loves New England and insists he wasn't throwing shade at the Patriots by not mentioning them in his retirement announcement. In 2019, Gronkowski retired from football but un-retired the following year to jojn Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.

After playing the past two seasons for the Buccaneers and winning one Super Bowl there, Gronkowski decided to retire once again. What caught the eyes of NFL fans was Gronkowski not mentioning the Patriots in his lengthy announcement post from this past June.

Gronkowski thought that he thanked the Patriots in his first retirement announcement so that's why he focused on the Buccaneers in his second retirement announcement. "I think it's a little blown out of proportion," Gronkowski told NESN, per CBS Sports.

"I mean, I kind of did it when, you know, my first retirement. There's no doubt I love New England. I love all the fans here in New England. There's no doubt. But I felt like that speech or whatever, the time and place I did for the first one was great, and I was just kind of giving it for that retirement for the two years I had in Tampa.

But I think it was blown out of proportion maybe a little. But I love New England, love everything about it."

Gronkowski didn't mention the Patriots in his second retirement announcement

After the 2021 season ended, Gronkowski revealed that retirement was definitely an option.

After taking a long time to decide his next move, Gronkowski decided to retire and this time it feels he is done with footbal for good. "In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be," Gronkowski wrote on Instagram.

"Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player. For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1.

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.

And for this, 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. 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."