Report: Gronk considers an acting career

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Rob Gronkowski may be retiring from football, but he won’t be stepping out of the public eye if he does.

Via the North Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, Gronkowski is considering a career in acting. Yes, acting.

Per the report, both Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have advised Gronk that he could make “millions” in action films.

Indeed he could. But first he must learn how to act. Based on his “role” in the 2017 film You Can’t Have It (given the trailer, I don’t want it), Gronk isn’t a natural.

Gronk is only a natural at being Gronk. If there’s a way to craft a role where Gronk is simply Gronk, then maybe it can work. If he strays beyond being Gronk, that could be a problem.

Regardless, the Patriots may have a very big problem, in the form of the absence of a very big man who has become perhaps the best tight end in NFL history. His “I don’t know how you heard about that” response to questions about a possible retirement after Super Bowl LII said everything; he’s definitely considering it, and he quite possibly would have done it if the Patriots had won on Sunday.

107 responses to “Report: Gronk considers an acting career

  1. Enough of this garbage, he’s not retiring.. this is as bad as that trash Wickersham was trying to push.

  2. He’ll play a few more years and walk when Brady walks. If he becomes an actor of any note, it would be the biggest surprise since Schwarzenegger pulled it off. I remember we all didn’t take any of that seriously either.

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    This is a rumor I believe. Gronk loves the camera. If he played for a team that allowed media access, he’d be in performance mode on a daily basis. If he played in Chicago, he’d be bigger than Ditka.
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  4. He will be on Family Guy and in Seth McFarlane movies. Move over homer Marky Mark, Gronk is gonna eat his tidepods and have yours too.

  5. Gronk could do it, we all saw what he did on the field sunday, but we also saw him take hits heavy and often. I want to see him play a few more years before I see him in bad movie, but we all know it is up to him.

  6. Or he can continue to have his brain play pinball inside his skull until he can’t spell his last name. I mean, there is always that alternative.

  7. I have the perfect role for Gronk, he can play the “meat head” in All in the Family part 2 & Belichek can play Archie Bunker & McDaniels can play the role of Edith Bunker.

  8. He’s not the best tight end in history. He’s the Shaquille O’Neill of football.

    He’s good, very good. But no way is he better than the greats at the position.

  9. I hate when “writers” talk best ever. There have been a lot of great TEs over the years, many with better blocking skills, and the game has changed so much that the expectations of a TE are very different than some of those HoFers. Even in recent eras, the body of work (rings aside, and that is a team thing), Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates deserve some good mention, but play the position very different, weren’t injured as much, and played for a long long time. When I say best even in this era I am heading there first.

  10. Stallone can’t even play Stallone very well. But a good comparison for Gronk might be Vinnie Jones – English soccer’s smirking, intellectually-challanged hardnut who slowly carved out a reasonable career playing comic-book style hardnuts. And Gronk can play the part of Gronk with aplomb.

  11. As for his acting, I am going to trust that his debut wasn’t stellar. Neither were a lot of other athletes turned actors. I am not a Gronk fan, at all, but his injury history suggests that he might want to do something other than football. There’s more to life than football.

  12. Yeah… I considered an acting career… and stand-up… and law… and teaching…

    I considered being an NFL superstar.

    In all seriousness though… If he’s worried about his health, I get it. But Hollywood is evil and if you bomb there could be no career in it and if you leave the NFL for longer than a season or two, you’re old, slow, and not up to snuff anymore.

    Hope you invested some of your NFL money wisely, Gronk.

  13. I don’t think he will retire, but I probably don’t see him playing as long as Jason Witten. He has sort of taken a beating in the NFL, and concussions have to be a concern. I can see him playing another 2 years and maybe calling it quits. As far as acting, I’m sure he can get movie roles, but they will be movies that make it straight to DVD (or soon straight to digital). After football, I think he should try WWE first, which is acting. With his Gronk personality, I think he could do well in wrestling and then go for movies.

  14. So basically you’re saying he needs to avoid the sort of action movies that require an actor capable of playing Hamlet on Brodway. Gosh, that eliminates most of them, huh?

  15. Just think…there are millions of folks who took acting lessons and waste days standing in audition lines to get the chance to act on screen. Instead, some over-sized goofball who can’t act whatsoever will get a million dollar role only because people already know who he is. Welcome to ‘Merica!

  16. Ive seen him on the screen. He cant act. Johnson is a bad comparison. Sure Johnson started as a wrestler and has that larger than life physique and all, but Johnson has genuine acting chops. Really good ones in fact. He had to be better thsn average to get recognized as being something more than just another ‘huge guy with a look about him’. Gronk does not have that.

  17. Give us two more years and you can go be a terrible actor, big guy. Love the guy, and he has a cool personality and all, but after seeing his attempts at stand-up, he’s probably not fit to act in Tommy Wiseau movies. Stay in your lane, bud.

  18. I hate when “writers” talk best ever. There have been a lot of great TEs over the years, many with better blocking skills, and the game has changed so much that the expectations of a TE are very different than some of those HoFers. Even in recent eras, the body of work (rings aside, and that is a team thing), Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates deserve some good mention, but play the position very different, weren’t injured as much, and played for a long long time. When I say best even in this era I am heading there first.
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    That’s the point. Gronk is a better blocker, by far, than any other TE of the modern era. He is like an extra guard on sweeps and screens. You can nitpick about Newsome or Bavaro or Mackey, Casper, Ditka et al if you want to make the case that they did more with less in the passing game back when TE’s never split wide. But any logic that cites blocking as a key attribute for a truly great TE and in then concludes that Tony G is the best modern TE leaves me scratching my head.

  19. thelastwordyaheard says:
    February 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Enough of this garbage, he’s not retiring.. this is as bad as that trash Wickersham was trying to push.
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    Were you one of the guys saying that “THERE’S NO WAY MCDANIELS STIFFS THE COLTS! FLORIO IS DUMB!”?

  20. Ky Li says:
    February 8, 2018 at 8:14 am

    In all seriousness though… If he’s worried about his health, I get it. But Hollywood is evil and if you bomb there could be no career in it and if you leave the NFL for longer than a season or two, you’re old, slow, and not up to snuff anymore.

    Hope you invested some of your NFL money wisely, Gronk.

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    Word is he hasn’t touched his NFL paychecks yet. He’s been living off endorsements. He’s got PLENTY of money.

  21. He is a much better Tight End (game changer) than a thespian, but Pats won a Super Bowl (actually they won 4) without him. I sure hope that he continues to help TB12 and Bill add more Lombardis

  22. Wellman says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Ive seen him on the screen. He cant act. Johnson is a bad comparison. Sure Johnson started as a wrestler and has that larger than life physique and all, but Johnson has genuine acting chops. Really good ones in fact. He had to be better thsn average to get recognized as being something more than just another ‘huge guy with a look about him’. Gronk does not have that

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    Johnson was awful when he first started out. Watch the Scorpion King stuff it was terrible. Arnold Schwarzenegger was better in Conan than any of Johnson’s early work. Once he stopped being “The Rock” his natural charm came through and he’s become a decent actor; though not very dynamic.

  23. Even if he were to retire, which is unlikely, the pats coaches and players will talk him out of it. He is a bigger Hollywood star as a football player than he will ever be in a movie. That’s what he needs to understand, the second he retires, nobody will care about what he does. He is a celebrity right now, and it’s because of football.

  24. I think he’s just having fun with this but he’s made his name, won championships, set some records… Wouldn’t be a bad time to try something else before the concussions and other injuries take their toll.

  25. Good riddance to the meathead who delivered the cheapest shot I’ve ever seen in an NFL game, and has yet to personally apologize to Tre’Davious White.

  26. bam5239 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Wellman says:
    February 8, 2018 at 9:04 am
    Ive seen him on the screen. He cant act. Johnson is a bad comparison. Sure Johnson started as a wrestler and has that larger than life physique and all, but Johnson has genuine acting chops. Really good ones in fact. He had to be better thsn average to get recognized as being something more than just another ‘huge guy with a look about him’. Gronk does not have that

    _________________

    Johnson was awful when he first started out. Watch the Scorpion King stuff it was terrible. Arnold Schwarzenegger was better in Conan than any of Johnson’s early work. Once he stopped being “The Rock” his natural charm came through and he’s become a decent actor; though not very dynamic.

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    In the scorpion king he was not tasked to act. That was one of those roles where they were only using him as a ‘huge guy with a look about him’. And yeah they had him throw in some eyebrow action from his The Rock schtick. It was a stepping stone he had to go through before he could start being handed roles that allowed him to show what he had really. At this point he has left the Rock completely behind that has nothing to do with him still getting roles. Some of his roles are still because of his physique true, or at least partially. But not all. He has come a long way.

    But really my point is Gronk does not have the chops to follow that same path. Ill leave some allowance that he might develop them down the road if coached well enough. But thus far there has been no sign.

  27. Stay away from Hollyweird and all those fruity Weinstein enablers.

    But if you must, and since they can’t create new ideas on TV or film, then redo Old School and play Frank The Tank.

    Fill it up again – tastes so good…when it hits your lips!

  28. lol yeah gronk is what Hollywood needs to get people back into watching movies. Give me another John McClane, not another alpha-douche like John Cena or The Rock.

  29. As we have learned from all things Kardashian, he only needs a reality show. Put a camera on him 24 x 7, get one of his buds, brothers or father to do the transgender thing and he’ll be banking millions without any effort.

  30. Indeed he could. But first he must learn how to act.

    He already knows how to act. Just watch him when someone makes contact with him and he falls down writhing like he’s been mortally wounded.

  31. Acting?!?!?! Yeah, right. Gronk furrows his brow and moves his lips while reading comic books, for crying out loud.

  32. Well… he certainly acts like a big baby whenever there’s an incomplete pass and he doesn’t get a pass interference call. So I uguess he’s halfway there.

  33. If Gronk plays “Gronk” in low brow feature films, that is not called “acting”. Not by any stretch. Yes, he could make millions as some sort of Rob Riggle doofus type, there is no doubt about that. I think it would be more entertaining if he did some kind of reality series, like “Gronk Investigates” and he then visits a strip club to find out just what kind of germs are on all those dollar bills, that kinda thing.

  34. If Brady really is GOAT I have no doubt thr Pats offense will be fine without Gronk.

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    When Gronk was suspended after his cheap shot to Tre White’s head, the Patriots went to Miami and lost to the… lol… wait for it… Dolphins.

  35. Not spilling the beans about all those years of cheating should earn him an Academy Award.

  36. He looks a little bit like Dolph in that russian rocky movie. I just don’t know if I could ever take him seriously.

  37. Now that hollywood had lost half it’s population to politics and the other half to being exposed for the people they are there should be some open roles. Question: Does he now have to go full douche since he is going to hollywood?

  38. What’s so unprecedented here? Before Gronk there was another meathead: “the ‘Tooz.” He got in plenty of roles as the (surprise surprise) big lunk who was good to menacing people and busting stuff up. So given Gronk’s celebrity, why not give Hollywood a try? Plus it would be entertainment in itself watching panicked Patsie fans realize another block of their fading dynasty has fallen off the wall.

  39. 315judman says:
    February 8, 2018 at 11:27 am
    If Brady really is GOAT I have no doubt thr Pats offense will be fine without Gronk.

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    When Gronk was suspended after his cheap shot to Tre White’s head, the Patriots went to Miami and lost to the… lol… wait for it… Dolphins

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    They won the Super Nowl without him last year and didn’t have him for the 2nd half of the season. Not saying he wouldn’t have helped, but just reminding you in case you missed it.

  40. To me he is the best ever. I never heard everybody other week we have to shut gonzo down or gates. Who are great too. Gronk scares the heck out of opposing defenses like no one ever before. Like him or not, if you could start a team and could pick from any TE ever 90% would take him. Obviously different eras but I think majority would

  41. Actually in the show Crashletes, Gronk’s ability reminds me of a young Brando. Maybe he can use the audiotape from his report of last wk’s robbery, as a demo tape. LOL

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