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Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after beating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrates with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after beating the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Rob Gronkowski made Josh McDaniels’ job a lot easier. The Patriots offensive coordinator rarely had to scheme it up to get Gronk the ball, and even if Tom Brady threaded it to him in traffic, there was no guarantee that defenders would actually tackle him.

So it’s only appropriate that McDaniels shows his own appreciation for the most dominant weapon he will ever coach. He released a statement through the Patriots on Monday, paying tribute to Gronkowski’s relatively brief but brilliant, transcendent career after the tight end announced his retirement.

Read McDaniels’ full statement below:

“I consider myself lucky to have had the pleasure of coaching Rob Gronkowski. From the day I met him, he has been authentic, real and genuine. His love for life made every day more fun for the people around him. He was the ideal football player – tough, smart, competitive and always played his best under pressure. You always felt you had a chance to win with Rob on the field; he had that kind of impact on the game. He is one of the very few players who could control the game offensively in the pass and run game, and he thoroughly enjoyed being great in both areas. His positive attitude, incredible energy and pure selflessness made him an absolute joy and pleasure to coach. We will miss his contributions to our offense on the field, but maybe more importantly, he will be impossible to replace as a teammate. I have immense respect for the sacrifices he made to help us accomplish our goals as a team, and I am happy that he can walk away on his terms today. There will never be another Gronk.”

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft also released official statements on Gronkowski, while Tom Brady and Julian Edelman offered their own tributes.

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