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The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski announced on Sunday in an Instagram post that after nine seasons in the NFL, he was retiring from football.

Much speculation has occurred over the years about the Patriots tight end calling it quits or not due to the amount of injuries he piled up over the course of his career. But according to sources, it was still a shock to Coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft that Gronk was hanging up his cleats.

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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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Known for his partying and acts of hilarity on and off the field, Gronk was one of the most likable players in the game and is sure to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In addition, his final catch of his career set up the lone touchdown of Super Bowl LIII.

Former and current Patriots weighed in on Gronk’s retirement including the GOAT himself Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and linebacker great Willie McGinest.

“I think Gronk is going to take a break for a while. I don’t think he’s going to initially start off and come back. This is just my own assessment. Later on, deep in the season, he could come back,’’ McGinest said. “He’s going to let his body heal up and I think, mentally, he’s not football right now. He’s not ready to put on the pads and play football.’’

At only 29 years old with a vibrant personality and the body of The Incredible Hulk, naturally fans are speculating what Gronk will do next with his newly discovered free time.

We have some ideas…

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was being selfish in my last post. Here we go

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Predictions on social media seem to lean toward Gronkowski stepping into the squared circle and starting a WWE career. It all stems from his appearance at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando when he helped his friend Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal by delivering a thunderous shoulder block to Jinder Mahal.

Injury-riddled seasons have taken a toll on Gronk’s body so how he would be able to endure the bumps and the grind of a WWE Superstar schedule is beyond me. He has the charisma for it but landing on your back every night and traveling from town-to-town would further damage his body.

What needs to happen is very clear. Three words that will set the football world on fire; Gronk goes Hollywood! A movie career is perfect for the tight end. He will be less like Brian Bosworth and more like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who nails both the action and comedy aspects of his movies. Gronk can do the same.

It will be A Gronking to Remember.