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How the Patriots, NFL reacted to the news of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement

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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Tom Brady #12 reacts with Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots after a touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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For nine years, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was one of the game’s most dominant players and unique characters: a fun-loving superstar unlike many if any the league has seen before. Today’s news of his retirement will therefore alter the NFL quite a bit — and the reactions his decision to step away from the game has created reflect just how the future Hall of Famer is viewed by his peers.

Here, we have collected some of them from his now former teammates and other players across the NFL. Feel free to add further statements or posts in the comments if you find them not listed here.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft

Patriot head coach Bill Belichick

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman

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Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon

Patriots running back James White

Patriots running back Rex Burkhead

Patriots running back Sony Michel

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy

Patriots safety Devin McCourty

Patriots safety Patrick Chung

Patriots cornerback Keion Crossen

Free agent wide receiver Chris Hogan

Ex-Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko

Ex-Patriots running back Stevan Ridley

Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola

Texans defensive edge J.J. Watt

Jets running back Le’Veon Bell

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen

Chris Gronkowski

Camille Kostek

Pats Pulpit Live: Rob Gronkowski Retirement

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Posted by Pats Pulpit: For New England Patriots News on Sunday, March 24, 2019