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Tom Brady reflected on Rob Gronkowski’s career, announcing for the second time that he was retiring from the NFL.

Brady posted a tribute to his longtime colleague on his Instagram account. Brady and Gronkowski have won four Super Bowl titles together, and threw 84 tight touchdown passes in the quarterback playoffs – the highest for any duo in postseason history.

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Tom Brady # 12 and Rob Gronkowski # 87 Tampa Bay Buccaneers speak before the game against the Indianapolis Colts on November 28, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tom Brady # 12 and Rob Gronkowski # 87 Tampa Bay Buccaneers speak before the game against the Indianapolis Colts on November 28, 2021 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Michael Hickey / Getty Images)

“These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of teammate, friend, brother, @gronk. “Brady Wrote on Instagram.

“More importantly he’s a man away from the field. He’s focused on the time he should be and having fun the rest of the day. Growing up in your locker room is the dream of every NFL player. I’m proud of what we’re able to do.

“Congratulations Gronk, you deserve it.”

Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from NFL

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots responds with # 87 Tom Brady # 12 in the second quarter game against Buffalo Bills on December 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots responds with # 87 Tom Brady # 12 in the second quarter game against Buffalo Bills on December 24, 2017 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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Gronkowski was selected in the second round of the New England Patriots in 2010. In his second season, he led the NFL with 17 touchdown catches and his emergence began to change the way NFL teams use the tight end.

He played in 115 games for the Patriots, catching 521 passes for 7,861 yards and scoring 79 touchdowns. He will leave it after the 2018 season citing injury concerns.

However, after Tom Brady left the Patriots for the Buccaneers before the 2020 season, it was enough for Gronkowski to retire from playing at Tampa Bay.

He assisted the Buccaneers to reach the Super Bowl that year and scored two touchdowns in the game to give Tampa Bay their second title in franchise history.

Last season, Gronkowski played in only 12 games due to injury and did not make the Super Bowl after winning the Tampa Bay Division title.

This Sunday, February 7, 2021 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), left and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrating after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game with the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fla.

This Sunday, February 7, 2021 file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87), left and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrating after the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game with the Kansas City Chiefs in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo / Steve Luciano, file)

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He ended his career with 92 touchdowns and 621 catches in 9,286 yards. His touchdown catches are all-time third at tight ends and his receiving yards are fifth-most all-time at tight ends.