Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement this offseason and people started talking about his relationship with the New England Patriots. The former Patriots tight end retired after the 2018 season and spent the entire 2019 season partying around the country. Tom Brady left the Patriots in the meantime and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronk came out of his retirement after a year to play with Brady. They won a title together and played another year in Tampa Bay.
Gronk says he is retiring now. Again. It’s interesting to note that he didn’t mention his former team in his farewell. Brady did the same. Of course, Brady came back to sign another deal with the Buccaneers. However, we can’t ignore the fact that Bill Belichick and the Patriots didn’t get a spot in his ‘goodbye’ message.
Gronkowski appeared on Ice Shaker’s “Boats, Bottles, and Bros” media event and as you may be guessing, he received some questions about his retirement post. According to Gronk, the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.
“I think it’s a little blown out of proportion,” Gronkowski told NESN.com on Tuesday. “I mean, I kind of did it when, you know, my first retirement.”
Rob Gronkowski sticks to his retirement plan
Gronk spent most of his career with the Patriots. He thanked the team in his initial retirement message. The former Patriots tight end has nothing but great words for Belichick and his team.
“There’s no doubt I love New England. I love all the fans here in New England. There’s no doubt,” Gronkowski added. “But I felt like that speech or whatever, the time and place I did for the first one was great, and I was just kind of giving it for that retirement for the two years I had in Tampa. But I think it was blown out of proportion maybe a little. But I love New England, love everything about it.”
There’s more. Many believe that Gronk will follow Brady’s footsteps and come out of his retirement again. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is convinced that a call from Brady could be a game-changer.
“I mean, I would appreciate the call. That would be nice,” Gronkowski said. “I would pick up, of course. Guy is a legend. Why wouldn?t I? My connection, our friendship we have. But no, done with football. Just stepping my foot into the business world and trying to find a role for myself.”