New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stole the headlines from the NCAA Tournament this afternoon when he announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons.
Gronk battled injuries the last couple of years and the possibility of him retiring seemed likely after New England's Super Bowl victory. Still, it is crazy to see a player of his caliber step down especially when he's not particularly old.
In the wake of his announcement, Gronk's girlfriend Camille Kostek posted a touching message on her Instagram. Kostek, a Sports Illustrated model, and Gronkowski have been dating for more than a year.
She was a fixture at New England games this past season.
You motivate me to be better, you show me that limits can be pushed and that challenges make you stronger. If you ask me, you’re the best to ever do it. There is nothing like the thrill of watching you play. I love you with all my heart, you allow me to take the term “proud girlfriend” to a new level 🥊💙 For all the people that have come up to us to tell you they are your biggest fan, I quietly smile because I know I’m yours 😉 and I will continue to root you on in all that you do ❤️💙 WE LOVE YOU PATS NATION!!
Now that he is retired, Gronk can spend plenty of time with Kostek. The couple already vacationed this offseason with Eric Decker and his wife Jesse James Decker.
Also, don't be surprised if Gronk does a little acting or professional wrestling in retirement as well.