Rob Gronkowski's teammates, others throughout NFL react to retirement news

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sent a shock wave through the NFL by announcing his retirement after nine seasons in New England, catching the attention of players across the league.

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Gronkowski was well-known and well-liked by many in the football world, with his teammates showing their appreciation on social media following the future Hall of Famer's farewell from football.

Julian Edelman and Tom Brady both posted their love for the Patriots tight end, calling him a G.O.A.T. as he rides off into the sunset.

Brady also took to the comments on Gronkowski's Instagram post, sharing some thoughts alongside Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Gronkowski's girlfriend, Camille Kostek.

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Other players from around the league, both present and former, chimed in with their thoughts on the legendary tight end, with many calling him the best to ever play the position.

And, of course, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick had to give their thoughts on the news, praising Gronkowski's personality and talent throughout his career.