Brady hopes Gronk comes back

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hopes tight end Rob Gronkowski’s retirement is short lived.

Brady left an interesting Instagram comment on a post about the receivers who have caught the most touchdown passes from Brady. Atop the list was Gronkowski, with 78 touchdown catches.

“I hope 78 isn’t the final number,” Brady wrote.

As we’ve previously noted, it wouldn’t be a shock if Gronkowski decided to end his retirement and return to the field. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has said he thinks it could happen.

Plenty of great players have done it before. Jason Witten just unretired after retiring last year. Marshawn Lynch retired in 2016 and then played in both 2017 and 2018. Randy Moss retired for a year and then came back for one last year with the 49ers. Randall Cunningham retired in 1996, came out of retirement in 1997 and was an MVP candidate in 1998. Deion Sanders retired for three years and then unretired. Ricky Williams retired and ended up playing more NFL seasons after he unretired than he had before his first retirement. Brett Favre unretired multiple times.

Gronkowski, from all accounts, is sincere when he says right now that he’s retired. But he could always change his mind. Brady would welcome that.

29 responses to “Brady hopes Gronk comes back

  1. Has anyone actually been watching Football the past few years?

    The injuries on Gronk have taken a Toll.

    He is a shell of his former self.

    He has long term health to think about here.

    He has the money, he has the Rings.

    Why is there a need for him to put further damage on his body?

    He is actually still young enough that if he stops playing now, his body can heal up a little bit on its own.

  2. The band is breaking up.

    Honestly, Brady should go out now, on top. Clearly, he isn’t, but it can be sad sometimes to see athletes try to hang on longer than they should.

  3. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t come back at some point. Then again, he probably has his pick of media jobs and novelty acting roles right now. Once he realizes how much easier it is to make money in front of a camera he might miss playing less.

  4. he has already sold his Boston condo. Yes he can always get an apartment or another condo, but selling your local hope does show some level of commitment to his decision.

  5. Brady needs to invite all WRs, TEs and RBs (interested) to his ranch in Montana right now. Don’t invite just Edelman. Invite all of the WRs and TEs and start getting to know them really well, Tom.

    No repeat of last year firing so many WRs on and off the roster, please. Very annoying and it makes it hard for BB to attract WRs to come to NE.

  6. tommyribs says:
    April 1, 2019 at 9:13 am
    Has anyone actually been watching Football the past few years?

    The injuries on Gronk have taken a Toll.

    He is a shell of his former self.

    He has long term health to think about here.

    He has the money, he has the Rings.

    Why is there a need for him to put further damage on his body?

    He is actually still young enough that if he stops playing now, his body can heal up a little bit on its own.

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    Agreed on everything but the cliche “shell of his former self” comment. Watch the 2018 highlight package. He was still pretty great. If he decided to come back he would still be a great addition.

  7. billsrthefuture says:
    April 1, 2019 at 9:24 am
    The band is breaking up.

    Honestly, Brady should go out now, on top. Clearly, he isn’t, but it can be sad sometimes to see athletes try to hang on longer than they should.

    ———–

    Often the greatest athletes are not doing it for their image, they are doing because they love the game and they want to play. Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice. They just wanted to play. In the end did it really impact their legacy anyway?

  8. I hope he doesn’t. Great player but he’s taken a lot of punishment and it’s always sad when the older retired guys get together and they’re all struggling to move or even using canes. I think it was Super Bowl 50 when they had the former MVPs come out and Terry Bradshaw walked out smiling. Camera stayed on him a bit after he thought it was off and his face went from a smile to obvious agony simply because he was having to walk maybe 30 yards.

  9. billsrthefuture says:
    April 1, 2019 at 9:24 am
    The band is breaking up.

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    This sounds familiar. I think I heard this the year before, the year before that, the year before that…. Wishful thinking for the other 31 teams.

  10. “Honestly, Brady should go out now, on top. Clearly, he isn’t, but it can be sad sometimes to see athletes try to hang on longer than they should.”

    Lolz what makes you think the Pats won’t be “on top” again next season? Everyone is 0-0 right now and the are just as likely as any team and more likely than many to get back to the Super Bowl. Brady is still playing at a high level and better than most of the other QBs in the league, not sure how that qualifies as “hanging on longer than he should”

  11. This is only a guess, but by the time Gronk starts to feel strong and healthy each offseason, its already time to get back to work. He probably wakes up without soreness and stiffness only a few weeks out of the year. Let him actually heal up, feel good for a few months and see if he has the desire to come back. If he’s happy in retirement, than leave him alone.

  12. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 1, 2019 at 9:49 am
    Brady is already missing his safety net. Lobs the ball in the air knowing Gronk will catch it.

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    Super Bowl games won without Gronk… 4.

  13. Can’t sign Gronk for playoffs only. He has to be off reserve/retired list by wk 13 to play this yr. I think he’s gone and not looking back.

  14. He is helluva player but they won SBs without him. In fact, Next QB in NE will win lots of playoffs games.. count on it
    BB is the master; coaches come and go; players are mostly average when they go elsewhere. Yet, the team wins with all type of players

  15. tedmurph says:
    April 1, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Can’t sign Gronk for playoffs only. He has to be off reserve/retired list by wk 13 to play this yr. I think he’s gone and not looking back.
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    Can’t you see him coming back by W13 and see the other 31 owners go bonkers and then make a rule change for next season prohibiting such an event from ever happening again. I do not think he is coming back. I would love it but he has taken a beating.

  16. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 1, 2019 at 10:12 am
    bullcharger says:
    April 1, 2019 at 10:08 am
    Super Bowl games won without Gronk… 4.
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    So Gronk is a system TE. Got it.
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    Ha! The world isn’t binary. Gronk is great, but Brady has been great with many different casts. There are many ways to win.

  17. dallascboys says:
    April 1, 2019 at 10:38 am
    He is helluva player but they won SBs without him. In fact, Next QB in NE will win lots of playoffs games.. count on it
    BB is the master; coaches come and go; players are mostly average when they go elsewhere. Yet, the team wins with all type of players

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    I think the difference between good and great is the combination of Brady and Belichick together. BB could definitely win some games without Brady (as he has proven), but the 2 or 3 games Brady wins in a year where he puts the team on his back are the ones that make the difference between possibly making the playoffs and getting 12+ wins, the bye and a deep playoff run.

  18. I might be off a game or two but the Pats record without Gronk in the lineup is around 24-7. Love the guy and he an an absolute weapon but Brady is able to make other players better around him and will use them up to continue to win. so to say Brady is going to lose a lot more because he cannot throw it up to Gronk to make some ridiculous catch is in fact ridiculous. Just another thing for the other 31 teams to hold onto in hopes of the Pats sucking.

  19. Sounds like Brady puts Gronkowski’s long-term health second to Brady’s personal interests.

  20. The Patriots are more likely to gun for T.J. Hockenson than await Gronk’s return. I personalyl don’t think it’s unlikely that he comes back, but if he does, it’ll be as New England’s number two tight end. Belichick will not hold a spot for him, no matter how great he has been to the organization, and neither will Brady. Don’t get me wrong, Brady and the offense will certainly welcome him back if that happened, but I don’t think they’re dwelling on this any longer than it takes to thank Gronk for his efforts over the years.

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