Since Super Bowl 53 concluded, speculation arrived on whether or not Patriots superstar Rob Gronkowski would retire. The 29-year-old tight end made his decision Sunday and plans to walk away from football. But just a day after Gronk’s retirement, there are already rumors growing of a possible return.
Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, appeared on ESPN’s Get Up to speak about the Gronk’s recent retirement. While understanding that Gronk has made his decision to move on from football, Rosenhaus took an interesting take on a possible return.
Drew Rosenhaus on @GetUpESPN on Rob Gronkowski’s future: “If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2019
For the majority of his career, Gronkowski has been plagued with injuries. The tight end has only played all 16 games in a season once in his nine years in the league. But even with a long history of troubling injuries, it has not stopped Gronk from being a dominating force.
Gronkowski was selected to five Pro-Bowls and in four of those years, he also earned First Team All-Pro Honors. The 6-foot-6 red-zone threat has also racked up 521 receptions for a total of 7861 yards and 79 touchdowns throughout his career.
Gronk’s impressive stats and clutch ability has put him in the conversation to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. With the skill-set that Gronkowski possesses, he is well deserving of that honor.
Only one year out of a Pro-Bowl season, Gronk still certainly seems to have the ability to continue to play at a high level. This is why it is not surprising to hear of a possible return just one day after his retirement. Of course, nothing is set in stone as Gronk has made his decision to walk away from football. But, the rest of the offseason is sure to be filled with rumors of the 3x Super Bowl Champ coming back to the gridiron.
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