Belichick on Gronk: Everybody goes through a process at end of year

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After the Patriots lost to the Eagles 41-33 in Super Bowl LII, tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked about rumors that he is considering retirement.

Gronkowski said that he’s “definitely” going to look at his future and decide “where I’m at” in the coming weeks. On a Monday conference call, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t share any insight into where Gronkowski’s head might be at as he starts that process but did say it is not an unusual one for players to go through when a season comes to an end.

“At the end of every season, every person goes through somewhat of a process at the end of the season and then the following season,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “I think everyone that is involved in a NFL season, you get pretty drained especially after a season like this. [You] go through the end of the year process. The following year is the following year. It’s the same for everybody. I certainly can’t speak for anybody else. You’d have to ask any individual for every situation, but I would say five minutes after the game, or the day after the game is not really the time to make those decisions.”

While there will be plenty of speculation about what might be running through Gronkowski’s head, it’s hard to argue with a decision-making approach that calls for taking time to let things decompress before making major life decisions.

37 responses to “Belichick on Gronk: Everybody goes through a process at end of year

  1. Barry Church and that SB loss left lasting impression on him
    eg: hes a 2x SB winner voted too the pro bowl yearly? an all-pro HALL FAME WORTHY TE #s
    what more else besides and nfl pay check and EVEN MORE ENDORSEMENT IS LEFT TOO DO i’d think about it too

  2. “While there will be plenty of speculation about what might be running through Gronkowski’s head…”

    Rocks? Tumbleweeds? Dust?

  3. As much a Pats fan I am, I would advise Gronk to hang them. It’s one thing to be Brady playing at 40 but whom has played behind a pretty good Oline for his entire career, than Gronk who gets hit every single game, every single play almost. You’ve made your dollars Gronk, now go and enjoy life.

  4. The guy can probably make just as much goofing around in the WWE and taking only pretend head shots.

  5. “While there will be plenty of speculation about what might be running through Gronkowski’s head…”

    Rocks? Tumbleweeds? Dust?
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    Broads, babes, boats and beers

  6. He’s signed for two more years (a total of 10 years). I expect he’ll play it out and then hang ’em up.

  7. “Rocks? Tumbleweeds? Dust?”

    Not only did he score very high on SATs, he’s been smart enough to save his NFL money and live off endorsements. You are foolish enough to buy into the public frat boy persona he projects as his brand. He’s actually quite smart.

  8. Sounds like he is putting some thought into this. I bet the other 31 defensive coordinators in the NFL would completely support his decision not to play anymore

  9. That’s a lot of physical punishment on the body – his back, forearm, legs….and a couple really bad concussions.

    If it were me I would be more than happy with my accomplishments and rewards & seriously consider cutting my physical losses by retiring.

    You can’t buy your health – hope he puts his body first

  10. Last night in a local Boston Super Bowl wrap-up show, Troy Brown read aloud the list of injuries Gronk has sustained since college. Took almost a minute to read.
    It was brutal.
    If Gronk retired today, he’d leave millions on the table.
    But he’s already pocketed Gronk-sized millions and invested it well.
    Enough to keep the Gronk party bus going well into the 2060s and beyond.
    If he wants anything resembling a decent quality of life into his 60s and beyond, he should retire.
    What does he have left to prove?

  11. I’ve been calling all the Patrot Turmoil people crazy, and we’re seeing a lot of things that will test it out. Brady had the game of his life and if he and Bill aren’t on the same page we’ll find out based on his opinions of Bill benching one of the better corners in the league. If Gronk walks away at the top of his game, that’ll be another sign.

    My gut says they’ll all be back next year, probably playing in the same game.

  12. I’m an Eagles fan, but I respect what a baller Gronk is. We had no answer for him.

    I’m sure that concussion vs. the Jags is weighing on him, as was the gruesome elbow (?) injury he had plus numerous other surgeries. I played in college at the lowest possible level and let me tell you every single play is like a car wreck. I can’t imagine what NFL football does to the human body, even a giant one like him. He’s a multi millionaire, he’s won super bowls, all pro possibly HOF career. There’s no price for him still being able to walk or think in 10 years.

  13. youngnoizecom says:

    When Le’Veon Bell did this people were furious and calling him a diva, what’s the difference? Gronk just wants more money and creating his leverage.

    ************************************************************
    youngnoizecom:

    There is always a guy in the room who can’t stay on topic. Usually a bitter Steelers fan. This thread is about Gronk. Not about your guy.

    Gronk is considering retirement because of the constant beatings he takes week in and week out. He is an ‘old man’ for being a young man. He left it all on the field. One of the greatest tight ends ever to play in the NFL. HOF caliber. I’m a Raider fan and even I can see he is as transparent as they come. The kid just loves ball and I think he is way smarter than people give him credit for. Hopefully, he’ll retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor.

  14. He should retire, he can’t afford to lose anymore brain cells from concussions. He can make more from acting and endorsements than what he makes in the NFL anyway….and he would be out from under league and Belichekian personal conduct rules. Go party Gronk

  15. janvanflac says:
    February 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    I’m an Eagles fan, but I respect what a baller Gronk is. We had no answer for him.

    I’m sure that concussion vs. the Jags is weighing on him, as was the gruesome elbow (?) injury he had plus numerous other surgeries. I played in college at the lowest possible level and let me tell you every single play is like a car wreck. I can’t imagine what NFL football does to the human body, even a giant one like him. He’s a multi millionaire, he’s won super bowls, all pro possibly HOF career. There’s no price for him still being able to walk or think in 10 years.

    Pats fan here. I appreciate your post, and congrats on the Eagles winning – they were better than the Patriots yesterday. I agree with your take on Gronk, it makes sense. I’m secretly hoping, though, that he comes back next year, simply because it’s a treat to watch the big guy play. But nothing should be more important to him than his health in the long term.

  16. ihavepriors says:
    February 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    Gronk wants to be paid. He doesn’t have a super model wife that earns $35M a year. Fact.

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    True, but his salary is just shy of the $10M mark. Which once again begs the age-old question of how much is enough? I thought I read somewhere that he hasn’t spent a dime of his “football” money but is living off his endorsements and marketing money. He currently has more than he could ever possibly spend. Not sure if more money is the reason.

  17. The second concussion probably has him thinking twice about life after football. He comes across as the big dumb jock but has been wise with his money. He has been an endorsement machine and using endorsement money to live on while saving and investing his NFL salary.

    Can’t forget that he has had back issues since college… at some point you do have to start thinking about quality of life after football, and he’s already taken care of the financial part of that equation. As a Pats fan he’d be missed on the field but if he hangs it up I’d wish him nothing but the best. He leaves it all out on the field, hard to ask for more from a player.

  18. He needs to watch his health. There’s no way he should have been allowed to play yesterday. You don’t fail concussion protocol on Tuesday and then magically pass it on Wednesday. Just shows that the NFL sorta cares about the players, a little.

    Chung is another example, he had a hit to the head yesterday and he was out. No way he would have been allowed back in and then he took another hit and he was out of the game for good.

  19. Stinks that the Eagles tackled Hogan while he running his route….that left 4 Eagles to surround Gronk on the hail mary play. One less defender and that game goes into over time.

  20. Ask a guy minutes after a narrow SB loss and you aren’t going to get an accurate, considered, long-term life plan! Both he and Brady are currently under contract for 2 more years and we know they have chemistry and that he likes NE and is not that financially driven. Two years from now? I could see him possibly call time if he and Brady wins another and both decide to go out on top, or if he suffers another significant injury in the meantime, but don’t otherwise see him hanging up right now, or going elsewhere.

  21. Not a Pats fan, and I’ll say this. If Gronk retires this off season, he’ll still go down as the best TE in the HISTORY of the NFL. Nobody has been more dominant than him at the position ever than him. Shannon, Tony, Antonio, Ozzie? Nope. Gronk!

  22. So many people mistake Gronk for some mindless meathead jock.He’s mindless like a fox.All through his career he’s banked his football earnings and lived off his endorsements.I’m guessing the concussion Gronk got against the Jags has got him to the evaluation stage.Does he want to risk permanent disability by continuing to play, or does he have enough $$$ socked away to bid farewell to the game that made him rich and famous, but could also wreck his health permanently.All the respect in the world to the Gronkster no matter what he decides.He’s the Best TE the NFL has ever seen, and it’s not even close for the 2nd best.I wish him nothing but good health and happiness in his future , for all the joy he’s given us fans.It’s truly been a privilege to watch him on the football field.

  23. The process includes all the arrogant Pat’s fans that have lived on this board proclaiming their individual greatness as if they had something to do with the Pat’s success. ##Crickets. Got self-esteem now?

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