Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces he’s retiring

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BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 13: Gronkowski Family Foundation makes donation to Boston Children’s Hospital at Boston Children’s Hospital on February 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Boston Children’s Hospital)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski at the start of next season.

The all-pro announced his decision to retire over his official Instagram account Sunday. 

In a matter of minutes, the post garnered tens of thousands of likes and comments.

In it, he thanked the Patriots organization, his teammates, fans, Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick.

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