After announcing his retirement from the National Footbal League last month, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left his teammates with a farewell gift they will never forget.
The 2019 Super Bowl champions were honored on April 3 at Fenway Park just before the opening of the Boston Red Sox season when Gronkowski accidentally abolished the team's sixth Lombardi trophy when he used it as a baseball bat.
In a video posted on Twitter by the team, Gronk's former teammate, Julian Edelman, was seen lining up for a pitch, while he seemed to hold the Lombardi trophy like a baseball bat.
"It was all fun and games until it was not," said Matthew Slater, captain of the special teams, in the mix video.
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Jason McCourty, a cornerback for the Patriots, said everyone thought the couple was faking.
"It's not going to swing the Lombardi trophy in any way."
But surely enough, Gronk switched from a batting stance to hitting the ball, making a sound loud enough to make sure he made contact.
"Gronkowski's farewell gift," said McCourty.
Defensive defensive player Duron Harmon said that if "someone could do it and get away with it, it would be Mr. Gronkowski himself."
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Harmon continued: "Now he has left an eternal mark so that people never forget that he was part of that championship team."
Gronkowski announced in an Instagram post last month that he would retire from the league 9 years after the Patriots recruited him.