“I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field,” he said in a statement.
Almost immediately when a player of Gronk’s stature retires the question of where he ranks all-time at his position. If you ask former Buccaneers’ head coach Bruce Arians, Gronk is at least a top-three player at his position.
“If not the best ever, [he’s] top three,” Arians stated. “Great blocker and receiver. Extremely hard worker. Always prepared to win.”
When factoring where Gronk’s legacy stands you have to look at more than the numbers. Although his numbers are fantastic, it’s the little things like pass protection that separates him from the pack.
The retirement door for Gronkowski isn’t completely shut. But if he does stay retired, look for him to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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