Tom Brady was the talk of the NFL on Wednesday as he announced his retirement after 23 professional seasons. The future Hall of Famer is hanging up the cleats on the most decorated career of all-time.
Tight end and favorite target, Gronk, was one of the many players to send well wishes.
The list of hardware goes on and on for Brady. Seven rings. Three MVPs. Five Super Bowl MVPs.
He’s thrown for more than 89,000 yards, leading the league in passing on four occasions. He found success at every stop, winning Lombardi trophies with both the Patriots and the Bucs. He’s one of the few quarterbacks to win both an NFC and AFC title.
And he had friend and teammate Rob Gronkowski helping every step of the way.
The passing duo hooked up for an NFL record 14 playoff scores, while totaling 104 touchdown connections. That’s good for second all-time.
On Wednesday, Gronk posted a heartfelt message after Brady’s retirement announcement.
Tommy, since I already wrote you a long retirement message last year, this time I shall say, welcome to the 2x retired club. You’re a legend and you always will be, my friend.
Gronkowski welcomes his teammate to an exclusive club – Players that have retired twice. The tight end famously retired in New England before deciding to return to the NFL to team back up with Tom Brady in Tampa.
Many believe a third stint in the league could be in his future, though Gronkowski has remained mum on that front.
As for Brady, this is likely it.
While that hasn’t stopped professional leagues from attempting to lure him back onto the playing field, his message to fans seemed final.
With that being said, we’ve likely seen the last of this duo on the gridiron. Still, there’s a chance the pair could team back up in the broadcast booth. Brady has already been offered $375M to join the FOX crew while Gronk was on air with the network this past season.
Hopefully, fans get to see the duo back in action together soon.