Rob Gronkowski returns to football as a FOX Sports analyst

Rob Gronkowski returns to football as a FOX Sports analyst

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) runs away from New York Jets' Marcus Maye (26) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season. Gronkowski made the announcement in a post on Instagram Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He said he met with coach Bill Belichick to inform him of his intention to return, adding he’s “been working out, staying in shape and feel great.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is starting a new job this week as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports.

A three-time Super Bowl champion, Gronk’s first gig will be Thursday night’s game when the Patriots host the New York Giants in Foxboro.

He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzalez, and NFL insider Peter Schrager for the pregame show Thursday.

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"I'm extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports," Gronkowski said. "For the past 25 years, they've offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio. Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I'll be able to learn from the best in the business."

In his nine years with the Patriots, he recorded 521 career receptions, 7,861 receiving yards, 79 receiving touchdowns, the most 1,000-yard seasons by a tight end (four) and the most postseason receiving touchdowns (12).

He's third all-time among tight ends with 79 career touchdown catches and with a postseason record of 1,163 receiving yards, he ranks ninth all-time in postseason receiving yards, regardless of position.