Former New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski ended his silence on this week's stunning trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thanking the organization and fans as he heads to Florida to reunite after one year of retirement with ex-Pats quarterback Tom Brady.
Gronkowski was traded to the Buccaneers alongside a seventh-round draft pick for a fourth-round pick from Tampa Bay. The Patriots tight end initially retired after the 2018 NFL season, which saw New England win Super Bowl LIII over the Los Angeles Rams and capture their sixth title in 20 years—all with Brady at the helm of the offense. Gronkowski earned his third Super Bowl with the victory.
The Patriots brought “Gronk” into the fold in 2010, selecting him in the second round of the NFL draft out of Arizona. En route to his much-accomplished nine-year tenure in New England, Gronkowski was selected to five Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro honors, and earned the Comeback Player of the Year distinction in 2014 following a seven-game 2013 campaigned shorted due to ACL and MCL tears.
Gronk is on to his next adventure, this time in sunny Tampa Bay next to Brady.