NFL: Superster Gronkowski stopt ermee

American footballer Rob Gronkowski heeft laten weten zijn carrière per direct te beëindigen. De 29-jarige speler van de New England Patriots wordt gezien als een van de beste tight ends ooit, maar kreeg ook de nodige blessures te verwerken.

Sinds Gronk in 2010 de NFL betrad was hij goed voor maar liefst 79 touchdownpasses, meer dan wie dan ook in die periode. Samen met quarterback Tom Brady vormde de gigant een gouden duo, wat in 2015, 2017 en 2019 de Super Bowl-winst opleverde.

Gronkowski maakte zijn afscheid bekend op Instagram, wat - als de embed hieronder niet werkt - hier te zien is.

Gronkowski kon wel tegen een stootje (Bron: YouTube)

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

Een bericht gedeeld door Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) op24 Mrt 2019 om 2:53 (PDT)