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Tampa mayor sends funny letter welcoming Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski

It’s fair to say things are pretty exciting in Tampa right now thanks to the Buccaneers adding both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.

Tampa mayor Jane Castor was quick to send a message to the Buccaneers’ new stars. In it, she jokingly warns Gronkowski not to party too hard, but touts the city’s nightlife. She also appreciated how Gronk came out of retirement to come to the state, “sticking it to the AARP.”

Castor also lightheartedly poked fun at Tom Brady’s park workout, apologizing for the miscommunication.

TMZ obtained the full letter, which can be seen here.

There’s definitely going to be an adjustment process for these two in Tampa. Gronk will probably find Florida to his liking, but Brady’s still running into some awkward moments.

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Rob Gronkowski thanks Patriots in statement, says his ‘fire is back’

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Rob Gronkowski has officially come out of retirement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it does not sound like he has any hard feelings toward the organization that granted his request for a trade.

Gronkowski issued a lengthy statement on Instagram Thursday, and he began by thanking New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and the fans that supported him through the first nine years of his career. Gronk also said he is incredibly excited to begin a new chapter of his career and that the “fire is back” after he took a year off.

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First and foremost, I want to thank the Patriots Organization for everything over the last 10 years. Without Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick taking a chance on me in the 2010 draft, I wouldn’t be sitting here in this position in life, THANK YOU both as well my former teammates for everything over the years. . . New England Patriot Fans, you guys have been nothing but amazing. I love you guys and appreciate your constant support for me big time over the last 10 years (even during retirement). THANK YOU all so much, the memories are incredible #PatsNation. . . I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life. It’s an opportunity I will certainly not take for granted. I said it from the beginning that I wouldn’t come back to the game unless I’m feeling it, feeling healthy, and feeling ready to play. Taking a year off was hands down the best decision I made, not just in my career, but also for my health and well-being, and I would do that all over again. . . And now my fire is back. I am grateful for this new chapter of my career. I’m pumped to get down to Tampa, meet my new teammates, work hard, have a blast doing it, and give it my all this season!! I’m back and ready to lay a smack! #GoBucs!! ARRR!!!

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“Without Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick taking a chance on me in the 2010 draft, I wouldn’t be sitting here in this position in life, THANK YOU both as well my former teammates for everything over the years,” Gronkowski wrote.

One noteworthy part of Gronk’s statement was that he said he is looking forward to playing in Tampa and “(having) a blast doing it.”

Gronkowski had broken down physically by the end of his tenure with the Patriots, but there were numerous indications that he had grown tired of the strict culture Belichick has created in New England. There was talk of tension between Gronk and Belichick prior to his final season with the Pats in 2018, and it’s fair to wonder if he would have come out of retirement even if Brady remained in New England.

Brady and Gronkowski will be a part of a much looser environment under head coach Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay. They are undoubtedly looking forward to that at this point in their respective careers.

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Rob Gronkowski says he will keep WWE 24/7 Championship belt even with Bucs

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When Rob Gronkowski was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, wrestling fans immediately wondered what would become of the 24/7 Championship belt.

Gronk won the belt at WrestleMania 36 a few weeks ago by pinning his buddy Mojo Rawley. The belt means the person who has it has to be on high alert at all times because people will be gunning to take it from them. And guess what? Gronk released a video on Wednesday night saying he plans to keep the belt while with the Bucs.

This is some nice crossover publicity for the WWE at a time when they need it. They have cut some wrestlers from the roster, their stock price is around early 2018 levels, and Vince McMahon had the XFL recently file for bankruptcy.

What would be great would be if Tom Brady pinned Gronk and took the belt from him.

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Rob Gronkowski says his conditioning will ‘need to change’ in return to NFL

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Rob Gronkowski made no secret that his initial retirement was due in large part to the toll that football took on him, and he admitted that his conditioning work will need to be different during his second stint in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronkowski said Wednesday he knows that, with age, he needs to change some things, but feels he knows himself better than he did when he was younger. He also added that he intends to play the same way he did with the New England Patriots, despite the physical toll that can take.

These comments are a reminder that it’s no guarantee we see the Gronk of old in Tampa Bay. In 2018, his final season with the Patriots, he was a shell of himself, and his 52.5 yards per game was his lowest tally since his rookie year.

Gronkowski made clear that he was “not in a good place” when he stepped away following the 2018 season. He seems to be doing much better now, but it’s been quite a while since he tested his body at the highest level.

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Report: Tom Brady told Buccaneers to pursue Rob Gronkowski trade

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Rob Gronkowski in a trade with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, reuniting the tight end with his former quarterback, Tom Brady. It’s no surprise to now hear that Brady was largely behind the move.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Brady told teams he was interested in free agency that he wanted to reunite with Gronk. Rapoport says the real issue was figuring out whether Gronk would be willing to come out of retirement.

Gronkowski did not look like his typical self during the 2018 season, which was his final year before retiring and missing the 2019 season. Gronk admitted that he dragged his way through the 2018 season, even though New England won the Super Bowl.

Coming out of retirement to play with the Bucs seems to indicate a few things. One, Gronk (and Brady) were tired of playing for the Patriots. And two, that after a year off, Gronk feels refreshed enough — both mentally and physically — to pursue a fun, new challenge with his old quarterback.

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Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend Camille Kostek posts bikini pictures to celebrate trade

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to be playing football in a much warmer climate next season than the one they grew accustomed to in New England, and it’s safe to say Gronk’s girlfriend is looking forward to that.

Shortly after it was announced on Tuesday that Gronkowski is coming out of retirement and has been traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the tight end’s girlfriend Camille Kostek shared some bikini pictures on Instagram and captioned them “down by the bay.”

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Kostek, who is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and former Patriots cheerleader, has been dating Gronkowski for several years now. She probably enjoyed the year off that Gronk took, but she hinted a while back that he could return to playing at some point. At least she gets to go to games in sunny Florida now.

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Tom Brady tweets hilarious Rob Gronkowski video to celebrate reunion

Rob Gronkowski has officially came out of retirement to reunite with Tom Brady, and the two new Tampa Bay Buccaneers stars are making no effort to conceal their excitement.

On Wednesday, Brady shared an awesome video on social media of him summoning Gronkowski from afar with a horn. The clip showed Gronk running out of nowhere to meet up with Brady and telling the quarterback, “a little tired, but Gronk reporting.” The video was originally from 2016, when Brady and Gronkowski made it in response to Gronk taking a lot of criticism for partying during the offseason.

Brady had a more subtle reaction to the Gronk news on Tuesday, when he shared a screenshot on his Instagram story from a famous video featuring the two former Patriots stars after they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game two seasons ago.

Here’s the original video:

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Brady and Gronkowski were one of the most lethal duos in football during their time together in New England, and they always got along well off the field as well. The way Gronk essentially blocked a trade a few years back showed how much he enjoys playing with Brady, and that feeling is clearly mutual.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.