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Tom Brady Reacts To Rob Gronkowski's Retirement Decision

Tom Brady talking to Rob Gronkowski.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The news of Rob Gronkowski's retirement from the NFL is without a doubt the biggest piece of football news to hit the wire this weekend. The outpouring of support for the former Patriots tight end has been widespread, and the Patriots quarterback has responded to the news as well.

Taking to Instagram following Gronkowski's retirement announcement, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave a shoutout to his All-Pro tight end:

Love you man! The (goat)! Couldn't be a better person or teammate!

No receiver in Brady's 18 years as a starter has had more yards and touchdowns than Gronkowski.

The now-retired tight end had 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Patriots - and that's despite only starting all 16 games in a season once in his career.

Unfortunately, injuries absolutely ravaged Gronkowski throughout his career.

He had two seasons where he missed at least half of the season due to injuries, and has not appeared in all 16 games of a season since 2011.

Gronkowski would have been 30 years old at the start of the next season, but in retiring he leaves the game at a relatively young age for his position.

The 6-foot-6 mountain of a tight end will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2025. In addition to the receiving yards and touchdown marks, Gronkowski made five Pro Bowls and was a four-time First-Team All-Pro selection.

He also has three Super Bowl rings, earned in the last five seasons.