'One of the best to ever do it': NFL reacts to Rob Gronkowski's retirement

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Likely first-ballot Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL Sunday after nine seasons.

The beloved star’s move is drawing mixed reactions, from fans’ sadness, to well-deserved congratulations from his peers around the NFL.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick quickly issued statements on Gronk’s decision, calling him a great teammate, hard worker and a “Patriot for life.”

Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement after nine NFL seasons Sunday. (AP Photo)
Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement after nine NFL seasons Sunday. (AP Photo)

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best reactions.

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman

Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt

New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell

Retired quarterback Dan Orlovsky

Carolina Panthers defensive end Bruce Irvin

Retired wide receiver Cris Carter

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long

New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen

Retired wide receiver Andrew Hawkins

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