Patriots' Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has officially announced his retirement from the NFL, per his Instagram account.

What It Means:

This was a long-debated question following the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams in February, and now one of the best tight ends of all time will call it quits. We'll have to wait five years to see if he's a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee.

In 115 career games, Gronkowski hauled in 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.