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Here’s how Tom Brady and other Patriots are reacting to Gronkowski’s retirement

Rob Gronkowski (left) and Tom Brady (right) in 2016.
Rob Gronkowski (left) and Tom Brady (right) in 2016.(AP/File)

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Star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram Sunday night that he is retiring, sparking reactions from quarterback Tom Brady and other teammates.

“I will be retiring from the game of football today,” Gronkowski wrote in his Instagram post, adding that he felt it was time for him to “move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for [the] rest of my life.”

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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In the post, Gronkowski thanked “the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been [given] and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine.”

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He also referenced his publicly playful persona, writing: “I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010.”

After Gronkowski made his announcement, Brady commented on the Instagram post, saying: “Love u man!! The [goat]!! Couldn’t be a better person or teammate!!!!”

Former Red Sox star slugger David Ortiz also commented on the post, saying: “Best TE ever ..?? Bittersweet but i feel u bro. U know where to find me now. Congrats kid.”

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Brady went on to post his own tribute to Gronkowski on Instagram.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent a statement through the official Patriots Twitter handle, calling him “the most dominant player at his position for nearly a decade” and “a Patriot for life.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick also celebrated Gronkowski for his effectiveness as both a player and a teammate: “His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten.”

Patriots receiver Julian Edelman also tweeted an appreciation for his teammate, calling him the other “goat,” an acronym that stands for “greatest of all time.”

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Here’s a look at how other players and people in Gronkowski’s life are reacting to the news.

Josh Gordon also posted on his Instagram story.

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