Jason Licht: Rob Gronkowski left it all on the field for us

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his second retirement after resuming his career over the last two years to join quarterback Tom Brady with the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht had said during the offseason that the organization would give Gronkowski all the time he needed to make a decision on retirement, keeping a roster spot available for him should he elect to return. But now that does not appear to be necessary.

“Rob is a true professional who left it all on the field for us the past two seasons and helped establish a championship culture in our building,” Licht said in a statement released by the team. “He played a crucial part in our Super Bowl LV championship season in 2020 and battled through a number of injuries last year while on the way to one of the most productive receiving yardage seasons in his 11-year career. It is always difficult to see a great player walk away from the game when he is still enjoying that kind of success, but the overwhelming emotions I feel today are gratitude and respect for one of the greatest tight ends who ever played the game. While his on-field accomplishments will surely earn him a gold jacket and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it is his humble attitude and team-first approach to the game that truly defined his career.”

Gronkowski played an integral role on the 2020 Bucs, catching 45 passes for 623 yards with seven touchdowns in the regular season. He then caught eight passes for 110 yards with a pair of touchdowns in the 2020 postseason. Both of the TD receptions came in Super Bowl LV.

While Gronkowski played only 12 games in 2021, he caught 55 passes for 802 yards with six touchdowns.

Still, agent Drew Rosenhaus has kept the door open for Gronkowski to return from retirement again. Rosenhaus told PFT via text on Tuesday, “In my opinion, he isn’t done.”

22 responses to “Jason Licht: Rob Gronkowski left it all on the field for us

  1. He will come back, once he figures out he’s 1 season away”like he had last year” from
    10k yards +100 TDS.

    he’ll be back

  2. This is a legitimate question: I’m curious, anyone out there get the feeling that Brady and maybe Gronk will stick it to the Patriots and ask to go in as Buccaneers? It just seems both have gone out of their way to thank Tampa with little as much as a nod to the Pats. Maybe others feel this too, just curious.

  3. giants58 says:
    June 21, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    This is a legitimate question: I’m curious, anyone out there get the feeling that Brady and maybe Gronk will stick it to the Patriots and ask to go in as Buccaneers?

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    I thought everyone knew by now that you don’t represent a particular team with a cap or a jersey.
    They’ll list all the teams you played for, but the bust itself is simply a likeness of the person.
    Only baseball makes a big deal about what you “go in as”.

  4. mackcarrington says:
    June 21, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    giants58 says:
    June 21, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    This is a legitimate question: I’m curious, anyone out there get the feeling that Brady and maybe Gronk will stick it to the Patriots and ask to go in as Buccaneers?

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    I thought everyone knew by now that you don’t represent a particular team with a cap or a jersey.
    They’ll list all the teams you played for, but the bust itself is simply a likeness of the person.
    Only baseball makes a big deal about what you “go in

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    That’s a good point, honestly I forgot about that. I thought the plagues had team of choice, forgot they lost all teams.

  5. This is a legitimate question: I’m curious, anyone out there get the feeling that Brady and maybe Gronk will stick it to the Patriots and ask to go in as Buccaneers?

    No,it’s not even close to being a legitimate question.

  6. milehigh777 says:
    June 21, 2022 at 6:32 pm
    Obviously, no.mention of Gronk by BB. Stay classy Bill.

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    The only people being unclassy are victim, whiny and entitled mini oligarchs, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

    Not a good look with the antics each pulled when they made it about themselves at the end, putting themselves above others on the team and trashing the fans who supported them.

    When you become a selfish diva, that’s what happens.

    BB saw it and cut the cord and I thank him very much for removing the childish drama from my team.

    In NE, selfish people won’t be tolerated and I love it because our society is filled wit these kinds of people, ruining it for everyone.

    That’s on primadonna Brady and Gronk, 2 unbelievable narcisissts.

  7. Who drafted Gronk?

    Who developed Gronk into an all-purpose TE, in the passing game and running game?

    Gronk was such a game changer that opposing players cheap shotted him, the worst being TJ Ward ending his season in 2013.

    He’s a first ballot HOFer.

  8. For the last time p6 , Brady and Gronk walked on Belichick. Not the other way around. Then they won a SBowl together, and barely got eliminated by the eventual SBowl Champion Rams. Meanwhile BB was flailing away in Foxboro with CNewton and a bunch of FA and draft busts.

  9. Who developed Gronk?

    +++++

    Who developed Montana? Who developed Steven Young? Who developed Peyton? Who developed Rodgers? Who developed Mohames?

    Belichick!!!!

  10. I want to hear what the TE room was like with Hernandez. Maybe he’ll talk once he’s actually retired retired.

  11. Who developed Montana? Who developed Steven Young? Who developed Peyton? Who developed Rodgers? Who developed Mohames?

    Belichick!!!!
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    He coached Sammy Baugh in high school.

  12. He coached Sammy baugh in high school

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    No, he had to be in NFL.

    Look, Montana, Young, Favre, Peyton, Rodgers were great because they played against Belichick’s defense, and Brady practiced more against Belichick’s defense, that is how he was developed, according to Belichick believers.

  13. Gronk is a complete player. To his credit he takes blocking as important as running a seam route. He did so despite back injuries that plagued his college career and that allowed Belichick to risk taking him early in round 2.

    It’s not a coincidence that Patriots players, even future Hall of Fame players, were mostly team first players. That’s a culture ingrained by the head coach, position coaches and teammates.

    Some want to pretend two decades of dominance had little to do with the Patriots head coach and GM. That betrays a deep seeded envy.

  14. Not buying his “retirement”. He’ll be back for the playoffs. He’s already said he only needs two weeks to get ready.

  15. That is a culture Ingrained by the head coach.

    ++++++++++++

    You are absolutely right.

    When a teacher tells his students of age 15 and 16 do the homework during weekends, all the students will do it, because teacher says so.

    Question: how on earth didn’t other coaches know it ?

  16. Licht, “He left it all on the field.” Well, the explains all the empty beer cans on the field.

  17. giants58 says:
    June 21, 2022 at 4:47 pm
    This is a legitimate question: I’m curious, anyone out there get the feeling that Brady and maybe Gronk will stick it to the Patriots and ask to go in as Buccaneers? It just seems both have gone out of their way to thank Tampa with little as much as a nod to the Pats. Maybe others feel this too, just curious.

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    No, but on the HOF website, there will be pictures of these men in Patriots (not Bucs) uniforms next to their bios…

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