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#pounditFriday, September 22, 2023

This stat shows why Rob Gronkowski is retiring at the perfect time

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is retiring from the NFL at the age of 29, but his decision has come at the absolute perfect time for the most Gronk of all reasons.

The New England Patriots tight end announced his retirement on Sunday in a lengthy Instagram post after nine career seasons, five Pro Bowl selections, and three Super Bowl rings. As’s Graham Barfield noted, Gronkowski walks away from football as the all-time leader at his position in touchdowns per game, among other stats. He racked up 79 scores over 115 career contests, coming out to a touchdowns per game figure of … 0.69.

Gronkowski has been very open about his love for the number 69 over the years and even achieved another 69-themed statistical feat a little while back. He entered the 2018 campaign with 76 touchdowns in 102 games played (0.74 a contest), but his three scores in 13 games got him to the magic number.

You will have a hard time convincing us that such a poetic and perfectly Gronk ending did not at all factor into the decision to hang up his cleats.


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