Former University of Arizona football player Rob Gronkowski, retires before 30

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to retire after three Superbowl rings

KEVIN C COX GETTYPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to retire after three Superbowl rings

Late night TV host Conan O'Brien once invited Gronkowski and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to play a stirring game of "Mortal Kombat".

Rob Gronkowski's decision to retire from the NFL on Sunday instantly created one of the larger offseason storylines in football. Fellow tight end Jason Witten has returned to the Dallas Cowboys after a season in ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast booth. Additionally, he has the most career touchdowns in Patriots history with 79, has the most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history with 18; and carries the honor of the most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season.

Additionally, Gronk was at his best in the clutch. Like on two consecutive fourth-down attempts with their 2015 season on the line in Denver (Gronk converted on both).

While he didn't score in the Patriots' Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams last month, he did have a big catch that led to the only touchdown of the game.

The stats, in a nine-season vaccum, are all-time impressive. Gronkowski was a hit with the average fan - from kids to grandparents - because of his endearing persona that made him about as A-list as any athlete.

Iowa's T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant headline what is considered to be a fairly strong group of tight ends available in the draft. Eventually we could see him doing TV, acting, a number of things. If you ask me, you're the best to ever do it. That's what Coach Bill Belichick does.

The athlete went on to thank all of his fans for standing by him throughout his career.

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Next up? The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Gronkowski found victory lane just as fun as the end zone when he partied with Daytona 500 victor Kurt Busch and team owner Tony Stewart in 2017. "Gronk" quickly became a fan favorite and the most dominant player at his position for almost a decade.

Gonzalez was dominant in his own right. And if a tight end has limited impact in the passing game, he's a glorified offensive lineman. But Gonzalez's best play was dwarfed by Gronkowski's prime.

McDaniels was Gronkowski's offensive coordinator for the last seven seasons.

But a true complete tight end? An unstoppable force that made the fiercest of men look like boys in the most competitive platform of their sport.

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