Patriots receiver Julian Edelman will enter the new season without Rob Gronkowski. The tight end decided to retire, and his decision shocked everyone.
Well, Edelman doesn’t accept his, and he keeps hoping to see Gronk back. He shared a photo of his new t-shirt. It has the names of his teammates, including Gronk.
“Tom [Brady] and Sweetfeet [James White] and Jules [Edelman] and New Kid [N’Keal Harry] and [Phillip] Dorsett and Flash [Josh Gordon] and Gronk [Gronkowski]?”
Gronkowski has won three Super Bowls, and he had several injuries throughout his career. Yes, he will probably stay retired.
In March, Gronk announced his decision to retire.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine.
“Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. 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. 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. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.”
Gronk was well aware of the fact that his seasons were up and down.
“The season’s a grind. It’s up and down. I’m not going to lie and sit here and say every week is the best,” he told reporters at the time according to WEEI.com. “Not at all. You go up, you go down. You can take some serious hits. To tell you the truth, just try and imagine getting hit all the time and trying to be where you want to be every day in life. It’s tough, it’s difficult. To take hits to the thigh, take hits to your head. Abusing your body isn’t what your brain wants. When your body is abused, it can bring down your mood. You’ve got to be able to deal with that, too, throughout the season. You gotta be able to deal with that in the games.”