BOSTON (AP) The partys over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again … sky-jersey , it might just be getting started.The New England Patriots fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons.The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram , saying that a few months shy of his 30th birthday its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far, Gronkowski wrote in his post. I will be retiring from the game of football today.Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowskis agent, confirmed his clients decision to retire.The playmaking tight end Qadree Ollison Jersey , who turns 30 in May, leaves as a three-time Super Bowl champion who established himself as one of the most dominant players at his position and one of Tom Bradys favorite targets. His personality on and off the field was as big as his biceps, and he always seemed to be the life of the party.In the nine years that I have known Rob Gronkowski, I have never known him to have a bad day, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. He always has a youthful exuberance about him and is a joy to be around.But Gronkowski has been dogged in recent seasons by back, knee, ankle and arm injuries that have limited his ability to stay on the field.It led him to hint at retirement following New Englands Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to end the 2017 season and again last month after the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.In his Instagram post, Gronkowski thanked the Patriots organization Rashan Gary Jersey , coach Bill Belichick and New Englands fans for their support during his nine NFL seasons.Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be, Gronkowski wrote.Belichick said Gronkowski was a major reason the Patriots won championships.His production spoke for itself, but his daily attitude, unmistakably positive energy wherever he went and toward whoever he touched will never be forgotten, Belichick said in a statement.Gronkowskis teammates also almost immediately began to flood social media with well-wishes.Love you man!! Brady wrote on Instagram, along with an emoji of a goat to refer to Gronkowski as the greatest of all-time. Couldnt be a better person or teammate!!!!It was a sentiment shared by receiver Julian Edelman.The other goat, Edelman posted on his Instagram page, also referring to Brady.Though he wont have the longevity of some of his contemporaries at tight end Hakeem Butler Jersey , Gronkowski is expected to get strong consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when eligible.Gronkowski, a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, had his fourth career 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 and was an All-Pro for the fourth time that season.But at times he looked like a shell of himself during the Patriots Super Bowl run this past season. Gronkowski finished the 2018 regular season with just 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns.He had one of his best games of the season in the Patriots Super Bowl win over the Rams, hauling in six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New Englands only touchdown drive during their 13-3 victory.A fan favorite in New England for his gregarious and playful persona that included awkward dance moves and touchdown celebrations, Gronkowski was one of the most dominant tight ends of his era.His 12 career postseason touchdown receptions are the most by a tight end in NFL playoff history. His 81 career postseason catches are also best among tight ends.Hell also retire with 79 career TD catches regular season and playoffs which is third all-time by a tight end behind only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).Brady and Gronkowski connected on 78 TD passes. It is the second-most scoring connections between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history behind only Philip Rivers and Gates (89) and is fifth overall between quarterbacks and all pass-catchers.Rob will leave an indelible mark on the Patriots organization and the game, Brady said Chris Lindstrom Jersey , as among the best, most complete players at his position to ever play. It wasnt so long ago that a player wouldnt have expressed excitement at joining the Browns. Times have changed.Receiver Odell Beckham, acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Giants, goes from a team in obvious rebuilding mode to one now the favorite to win its division. The three-time Pro Bowler joins his former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry, who was traded from Miami to Cleveland a year ago.He goes from a 38-year-old quarterback whose best days are behind him to a 23-year-old quarterback whose best days are in front of him.Im extremely excited about the opportunity to be part of this organization and the direction they are headed, Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the . Ive already witnessed the energy fans bring in that city having been to some [NBA] playoff games at The Q. Browns fans deserve a winning football team. This is a fresh start for me and its going to be great to join Baker and Jarvis on this team. I will always appreciate the opportunity the Giants granted me, and Im thankful to them along with the fans and people in that city for supporting me. The Browns are an organization that is moving forward … ary-jersey , and its exciting to be a part of something special that is in the process of being built. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I really feel like its time for the Browns to come together, start winning a lot games and Im grateful to be a part of that going forward.