Mike Brez

Managing Editor for The Bears Brawl and co-host of The Bears Brawl Podcast.

Second only to Tony Gonzalez in my opinion, Rob Gronkowski was the most dynamic Tight End in NFL history. He announced his retirement from after nine seasons on Sunday via Instagram. Gronk did notify Patriots owner Robert Kraft of his decision before making it public. Finishing his career with 7861 yards and a whopping 79 touchdowns (I’m sure he wishes 69). Gronk’s production on the field will surely be missed, but for most fans it will be his off field antics missed the most. Robert James Gronkowski made $53,379,507 in his pro career, not including sponsorship deals. Gronk has been a notorious saver of his money, I’m sure he will have a comfortable and overly fun retirement.

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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.

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