Gronk says he doesn’t know if the Super Bowl will be his final game or not

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said after last year’s Super Bowl that he was going to take some time to consider whether to keep playing or retire. Gronk eventually decided to keep playing, but now he has the same decision ahead of him.

Gronkowski said today at Super Bowl Opening Night that he isn’t sure if Sunday’s game against the Rams will be the last game of his career.

“I don’t know,” Gronkowski said when Michael Irvin asked him if he’s going to hang it up.

Gronkowski played well in the AFC Championship Game and showed that when he’s fully healthy, he remains one of the best players in football. But Gronk has often dealt with injuries, including his knee, his back and his brain, and he might decide it’s better to prioritize his health over continuing to play. It’s possible that Sunday will be the last time we ever see Gronk on the gridiron.

47 responses to “Gronk says he doesn’t know if the Super Bowl will be his final game or not

  1. Too bad, but I’m sure he’s done. Played great at the end of last game, but seemed to take all he had left. A real baller and it’s taken it’s toll on him.

  2. He is the youngest old man I have ever seen. If he ever wants to walk later in life, he should definitely walk after this.

  3. Whether you’re a Pat’s fan or not you just gotta love Gronk. He’s like an old fashioned old school football player and he makes the game fun.

  4. I’m a huge Pats fan and I love Gronk, but I hope that regardless of the outcome of the game this weekend, he calls it a career. He’s had too many injuries, and he’s susceptible for re-injury. I hope he gives it his all this weekend and then makes his own personal health his priority after that. He’s done so much for this team, and done some amazing things, and is arguably the most talented receiving tight end to play the game. But he’s due for another huge injury if he continues, and for his sake, I hope he gets his out before that happens.

  5. Still can’t believe bills passed on this guy… a local boy from East Amherst SMH. for torrel troup, gronk goes nexts to the pats. Game over .

  6. As a selfish fan I say no
    but as a Patriot fan, I say go
    He’s one of the best ever, but the beating he takes is insane
    Nobody tries to tackle him, they all dive at his knees or its 3 guys nailing the hell out of him.
    like him too much to ask him to keep taking that

  7. I think a significant factor in Gronk decision comes down to money. I think he’s due to earn $14 million next year, which is is expensive based on this year’s production. I personally believe his numbers were down primarily due to injury. Maybe the Pats restructure his contract so that he can earn the same money if he meets performance incentives. Give him the offseason to heal up, and with a little luck stay healthy and earn his money. The Patriots have no meaningful backup TE to replace Gronk.

  8. Personally, I can say I feel lucky to have seen him play (and often dominate) professional football.

  9. Hard to dislike this guy. But the game has not been good to him injury wise. He has a very high ceiling in off the field future endeavors. Very likeable. High marketability. Gronk, go to Hollywood. They will love you.

  10. Would miss him quite a bit, he has been fun to watch. But I would totally get him walking away while he still can. He gets beaten up every time he catches the ball. Lot of skill position players get down when they see the hits coming, Gronk does not, but that has certainly taken it’s toll on his body.

  11. These guys are starting to realize that the grind is probably not worth it and health is number one. You’re going to start seeing a lot more fiscally smart players having shorter careers and hanging them up sooner than later.

  12. Given his injuries, if the Pats win Gronk should retire on top. Nothing else to prove and plenty of money in the bank.

  13. Gronk should retire after Sunday’s game, regardless of the outcome. They guy is already considered the best TE in NFL history and there is no point for him to take any more punishment than he has already taken.
    I respect the guy on the field because he is so good and so tough. I had a big problem with what he did when he jumped on that DB a season or so ago. That was a major cheap shot. But over all, he’s been a great player and without him, the Pats don’t win all those championships.

  14. I think the nixed trade to Detroit and the Miami game are the reasons he walks away win or lose. He’s gone from being a great tight end to a good one, and I think he wants to retire a Patriot.

  15. Over the last 20 years the WWE (previously WWF & WCW) guys have been at our facility many times and I’ve gotten to know a couple. If you’re looking to avoid injury or have a pre-existing back problem, the WWE is not the place for you. Yeah it’s staged but go ahead and try landing on your back from the top rope, even on the bounce floor they call a ring.

  16. Gronk like most of us are tired of the National Fixed League and all their issues.
    He’s old school and won’t play for a league that lets the Rams win. If the Patriots win he’s gone as well. Great player, most likely his last game.

  17. nyneal says:
    January 29, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Gronk should retire after Sunday’s game, regardless of the outcome. They guy is already considered the best TE in NFL history and there is no point for him to take any more punishment than he has already taken.
    I respect the guy on the field because he is so good and so tough. I had a big problem with what he did when he jumped on that DB a season or so ago. That was a major cheap shot.

    I agree it was a cheap shot but after 8 years of being abused beyond what’s acceptable in football and doing so with a bunch of blind zebras who can only throw a flag on him if he tries to peel off the defenders that are literally hanging all over him, well it’s understandable how someone could snap. Can’t condone it but it shouldn’t be this big OMG moment.

  18. My guess is Bill will give him a couple weeks after the Super Bowl to mull it over & make a firm commitment one way or the other as his decision will probably have a direct effect on how the Patriots will attack both free agency as well as the draft…..
    I won’t be shocked either way on how it turns out…. loved having Gronk on Pats & would really enjoy 1 more year of him till his current contract comes to fruition…… Wish him all the best on wherever life takes him!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  19. bobthis says:
    January 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    This guy’s retired more times than Sinatra. Enough!
    ——————

    He has yet to retire even once.

  20. I like the ay they changed the way they use him this year that has greatly reduced the pounding he takes. His contributions to the game are just as strong as ever even if they are not as sexy stat wise.

  21. He’s already taken too much….great career, great dude…..get out before the damage get’s any worse

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