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Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL in a touching post on his Instagram account over the weekend.

"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," he began the lengthy post.

"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," he added. "But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life," the New England Patriots star continued.

The Patriots made at least the AFC Championship in each of Gronkowski's last eight seasons with the team and reached four Super Bowls, winning three of them per Fox Sports.

His longtime girlfriend Camille Kostek posted a touching message for him on her social media account.