The internet was set on fire after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski retired Sunday.
And while the stats impress as-is, it's important to note Gronkowski only started all 16 games in the season once during his career.
It's nice commentary from Jordan, demonstrating how closely he follows other stars from around the NFL. The pair also discuss Gronkowski's relationship with Tom Brady and why he has a strong case to be a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. He entered Super Bowl LIII with 75 receptions for 1,076 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 playoff games, including a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX vs. Seattle and a pair of touchdowns in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia. They oughta be. But no receiving threat was as uncoverabale as Gronkowski.
From 2001 through 2009, Brady's Patriots won three Super Bowls and went to five AFC championship games. That's because Gronkowski decided early on that he would live exclusively off his endorsement earnings during his playing career and save or invest the rest for retirement.
At 6ft 6in and 265 pounds, the tight end defied science. Kraft asked Gronkowski if he could change his mind, and the All-Pro told him he was at peace with his decision. The Patriots probably will be back in the running for yet another Super Bowl next season. Gronkowski finished the 2018 regular season with just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.
Adding, "You don't have the Patriots and the National Football League locking you down anymore". Gronkowski might have been more impressive in the 2015 AFC championship game, when he converted two fourth-down attempts on the game's final drive and had eight receptions for 144 yards and one touchdown, perhaps his best effort in a crushing defeat.
Of all the big plays Gronk made in his career, none encapsulated his singular combination of talents more than this catch-and-run against the hapless Redskins defense.