Rob Gronkowski sure knows how to surprise everyone, including his rivals. But his latest surprise wasn’t as pleasant as his magic on the field. So, Jets’ Jamal Adams was the last to talk about Gronk’s retirement. He really made a statement.
According to Adams,
Gronk will come back. He said, “He’ll be back. He’ll be back. He’s not fooling me.”
The Pro Bowler was
really said after Gronk’s statement. In four games between the two, Gronk
caught five passes on nine targets for 63 yards and a couple of touchdowns with
Adams in coverage.
“I was upset because going against him is what I look forward to,” Adams said. “I like going against the best, and obviously, he was the best. I hope he comes back. I know he will. I don’t believe it yet.”
Adam Gase is also skeptical about Gronk’s retirement plans. He talked at the
NFL Annual Meeting, saing the star tight end isn’t really done.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” Gase told reporters. “When he’s not out there, I’ll
believe it. …
“He’s tough to play against. If
he’s really retired, he was a great player in this league. He’s a Hall of Fame
player. He’s a tough matchup for every team that he played. Every time you’d
see him, you knew he was going to make a play. If it was a big game, he was
going to be a part of it.”
agent, Drew Rosenhaus, added fuel to the fire with his comments. He wouldn’t be
surprised if Gronk returns to the field.
“This is me speculating,” Rosenhaus said. “This is nothing that Rob and I talked about specifically. I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up. Rob Gronkowski is retired and it’s unlikely that he will ever play football again. however, I did close my conversation with Rob yesterday when he called to tell me he was going to retire, and I said, ‘Rob, just keep in mind that if you ever have a change of heart, you can come back and play. I’m sure the Patriots would welcome you with open arms. If it’s sometime during the season. if it’s late in the year. if you feel good and want to come back and play, we’ll make it happen.’ That’s all. It was just a suggestion. I couldn’t let go without leaving that in Rob’s ear.
“Hey listen, Jason Witten did it. Witten another Hall of Fame
tight end. he took the year off and decided to come back. Rob is 29 years old.
He’s still a very young man. It wouldn’t shock me if he has a change of heart,
if he feels great and he decides that he wants to play football. But this is
just me talking. This isn’t Rob. And I don’t want to create any unnecessary
expectations. Rob is a very unique personality. 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.”