Rob Gronkowski likes being in the news, and he sure gives us something to talk about. This time the retired tight end talked about his return. Again. Gronk visited Barstool Sports’ headquarters and told Dave Portnoy that he is coming back in Week 14.
“What week, though, seriously,” Barstool’s founder asked. “14? 15? I know you. Avoid the grind of the season and come back for the playoffs.”
“Exactly,” Gronkowski said. “And I’m only going to be single coverage with all those receivers we have. Won’t even get touched. Week 14.”
Playing without Gronk won’t be easy, but Tom Brady knows that his favorite target is happy with his post-football life.
“He’s spoken on that quite a few times,” Brady told Gray. “I think he’s very happy with how things are going in his life, and I think we’re going with the guys that we’ve got. That’s what we’re planning on, and that’s all we can ever do. It’s always his choice, and he’s a young guy, but that’s certainly not any of my thinking at this point.”
Is there any chance that Brady brings Gronk back?
“No, I wouldn’t say so,” Gronkowski answered on The Adam Schefter Podcast. “I’m truly enjoying my time off, truly enjoying what I found getting into business. I’ve got a lot of things dropping in the next couple of weeks, with my brothers [and] family. I’m really staying busy with it.”
The retired end was struggling with his injuries and pain. He was suffering a lot, and his body and mind were aching.
“[The injuries] took an absolute beating on my mind and my soul. I was hurt both mentally and physically, day in and day out,” Gronkowski said. “I decided to walk away from the game for one reason: I had to recover.
“It’s crazy. I understand. I feel that love. But I want to be clear to my fans: I needed to recover. I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down. And I didn’t like it. And I was losing that joy in life. Like, the joy. I’m sorry right now,” the retired tight end said, fighting through tears. “But … I really was. And I was fighting through it. And I knew what I signed up for and I knew what I was fighting through, and I knew I just needed to fix myself.”