Tom Brady shares heartfelt tribute in response to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement

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One of the NFL’s best buddy comedies is breaking up.

Well, on the field, at least.

While Tom Brady is coming back for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it looks like his longtime partner in crime won’t be joining him, as Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement Tuesday.

Gronk already retired once before, but Brady lured him out of his year-long absence to reunite with him in Tampa Bay. The longtime friends and teammates made an immediate impact, helping the Bucs win a Super Bowl in their first season with the team.

After Gronk made it official Tuesday, Brady shared his own heartfelt tribute on Instagram:

It’s always possible that Brady could convince Gronkowski to come out of retirement again at some point this season, but for now, this looks like goodbye.

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