Rob Gronkowski won’t commit to playing in 2018

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dropped a bit of a bombshell in the aftermath of Sunday’s 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

During his postgame meeting with reporters, Gronkowski was asked about chatter around Minneapolis on Super Bowl Sunday that it might be his last game as an NFL player. Gronkowski, who had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, didn’t say that he would be back on the field for the 2018 season.

I don’t know how you heard that, but I mean I’m definitely gonna look at my future for sure,” Gronkowski said. “Sit down the next couple weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski was cleared from the concussion protocol in the middle of Super Bowl week after taking a big hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church in the AFC Championship Game and has dealt with a variety of injuries during his eight-year NFL career, so his health would presumably be a leading reason why he would decide to stop playing while still at the top of the game.

He may also just not be ready to commit to another year after an emotional loss in the Super Bowl, but the ultimate answer will be hotly anticipated in New England and around the league.

73 responses to “Rob Gronkowski won’t commit to playing in 2018

  1. Why do sports reporters ask all star players, regardless of age, whether they’re going to retire next season–and why do they ask them immediately after a heart-breaking loss? Maybe I should go up to that sports reporter and say, “You just asked a really stupid question at a really stupid time–maybe this business is too much for you. Have you considered retirement?”

  2. Gronk will be alright either way. It’s well known he parties and tears it up with his endorsement money and has saved every single penny of his contracts. This guy will be just fine in life. He’s far smarter than people think he is.

  3. during the game cris colinsworth said, “nick foles thought about quitting a year ago.”

    curious to see if he will use the same wording for the beloved Derpkowski.

  4. There was an article a few years ago that Gronk hasn’t spent any of his NFL money yet and that he has been living off the money from his endorsement deals. If so good for him. Whenever he decides to walk away he will have a ton of money collecting interest in the bank. He’s such a personality he will get endorsements after his playing days already. Plus he’s already a HOFer and SB champ. Given the number of injuries he’s’ had in his career dating back to college I can understand the hesitation. Only 28 he could play a few more years and cement himself as the best TE ever. That’s all there’s left to do. Some would say he’s the best ever as of now (I would not).

  5. To all the Patriot fans running their mouths about how weak the NFC is……….enjoy your bitter pill appetizer and your crow dinner.

  6. Calm down haters, there’s plenty of time for you to win the off-season yet again until the Pats make you go all salty in September again.

  7. @ steelcurtainn says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    Tom Brady=GRESBLOAT….Great superbowl loser of all time.

    Bill’s QB, Jim Kelly went 0-4 in the superbowl so not yet

  8. jakethesnake123 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:15 pm
    Oh come on where else can he make that kind of $. Who starts this nonsense.

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    Actually, the big dumb Gronk act is at least partially just that-an act. Dude lives off his endorsement $ and banks his paychecks.

    If he wants to step away, then more power to him-he’s the one Patriot that it is kind of hard to hate.

  9. He just lost the Super Bowl. People are shoving mikes in his face. Maybe he said it out of frustration,and maybe he was serious. I wouldn’t blame him if he retired. He’s taken a beating in 8 years.

  10. Haters cant gloat…because they all said that these games are fixed and the team that gets all the close calls to go their way and then wins the game isn’t the actual winner.

  11. Bradygirl12 says: Gronk has taken a beating for 8 yrs.

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    Yeah – but when you spike the ball in front of defensive players after a TD & try to piledrive a prone CB from Buffalo should we feel sorry for this neanderthal?

  12. People call him dumb but guys made millions of his contracts, which he spent Zero dollars of. Plus he’s made millions of endorsements. Whatever he chooses, we’ll back you as fans

  13. Gronk is way smarter than people credit him for. If he thinks his future health is at risk he should think long and hard about continuing to play. He’s already earned millions.
    He doesn’t want to end up with CTE.

  14. The way this guy plays, he should think long and hard after every season about whether it’s worth the risk of coming back. He’s bigger than everyone, but running head-first into NFL defenders will catch up with you.

    I honestly wouldn’t judge any player for retiring at any point. You’re always just one hit away from a wheelchair.

  15. Gronk is a very sharp dude. He has saved all his money and easily could have a career in film ala other athletes that play the bulky, dumb role, but trust me, Gronk is not dumb.

  16. factpurveyor says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm
    Haters cant gloat…because they all said that these games are fixed and the team that gets all the close calls to go their way and then wins the game isn’t the actual winner.

    Every story line ended with the refs giving NE the win. ZERO flags on NEs offense in post season. Almost the same in the regular season. The outcry over phantom PI calls led to intense scrutiny of the officals today so they HAD to make legit calls. NE falls behind, chucks a jump ball, and waits for the flag. They tried, Vegas kept that crap in check. NE can’t win a fairly officiated game.

  17. steelcurtainn says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:16 pm
    Tom Brady=GRESBLOAT….Great superbowl loser of all time.

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    Well….he is the greatest QB of all time. And he doesnt win every SB every single year. So you might be right there.

  18. It would be great to see his career end on that soccer-style flop in the end zone while looking for another freebie instead of his childish taunting that he always gets away with.

    Adios Meathead

  19. He may come across as a big ol doofus but he is a pretty smart dude. And also doesn’t spend money like it’s a race to do so. I am getting that last concussion scared him a little bit and based on the way he plays balls to the wall he might want to consider it.
    Either way I still think he goes to Canton.

  20. He might as well retire. He doesn’t want to stick around for the next decade of battling for 3rd place in the AFCLeast.

  21. Still, 8 super bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era. Incredible. Gronk is a big part of this run. He’s not going any where. Certainly better run than the steel curtainn roided up run of the 70s.

  22. If it wasn’t for idiotic decisions by pete carroll and dan Quinn the patriots would have lost the last 5 super bowls they played in eclipsing buffalos record of 4. Gronkowski realizes belichick and brady are not GOAT. belichick and brady should have a 3-5 record in the super bowl and those 3 super bowls have asterisks all over them. Best to retire Gronk.

  23. Not many players at the top of their career have an option for this type of money and an excellent chance at winning Super Bowls.

    But the real lesson is that he has options that most players don’t, because he has been smart with his money.

  24. It would be great to see his career end on that soccer-style flop in the end zone while looking for another freebie instead of his childish taunting that he always gets away with.

    Adios Meathead

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    Haha…..it’s nice to wish.

    Don’t worry—he’ll be back to torture the Steelers again as usual. Pats will probably host the AFC championship game again too.

    Best of all time.

  25. Oh come on where else can he make that kind of $. Who starts this nonsense.

    Vince McMahon is on line 1, not for the XFL, but WWE. Don’t be surprised if Gronk heads there, maybe not next year, but at some point. One of his best friends is in the WWE, and they’ve already had an angle in the storylines (Mojo Rawley).

  26. I’ll say one thing for this goon, he’s a total freak of nature. Big and strong. But if it weren’t for the seam route, he wouldn’t have a career. Not gonna work forever, take the Barry Sanders approach and get out now.

  27. Give it a few weeks. Weird press conference in which someone brings up a report, Gronk responds by saying I don’t know how you got that which everyone assumed was some sort of confirmation of it.

    Not sure if it’s a big misunderstanding, or if he’s had enough head shots.

    Whatever – we’ll find out soon enough.

  28. Yeah – but when you spike the ball in front of defensive players after a TD & try to piledrive a prone CB from Buffalo should we feel sorry for this neanderthal?

    The pile driver was completely stupid, no doubt. His TD spike is his celebration, just like everyone else in the league who does it. I never asked anyone to feel sorry for him.

  29. Greatest TE, bar none

    Gronk’s future whether in football or other entertainment venues is exceptionally bright. More and better offers each day.

    Lives the American dream

  30. Where were all these compassionate Pats fans when Ben was quoted about retiring? Just shut up with your hypocritical whiny nonsense and be a good sport. That being said the media needs to dial back this kind of questioning after a tough loss.

  31. upyoursnfu says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:19 pm
    Whats he gonna do? Use his college education and get a real job?

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    Well, as people have pointed out He still has all his money, and he makes million of endorsements. He has his own Monster Energy Drink flavor for pete’s sake. I mean seriously, I am not even a pats fan and my brother in law got me a Gronk Christmas ornament last year. He can easily make a few million just being Gronk for at least a handfull of years if he walks away.

  32. jjfootball says:
    February 5, 2018 at 12:10 am
    Sorry Pats fans, but you can’t lose 3 Super Bowls as a QB, and be the goat!
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    Actually, you can win you win 5 Super Bowls as a QB, sorry haters!

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