Gronk returns to Gillette Stadium, hears cheers, catches pass

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Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement on Friday night, sort of.

Via MassLive.com, Gronk showed up at a Luke Bryan concert at Gillette Stadium. Roughly halfway through the two-hour show, Bryan told the crowd that “someone who wanted to come out and say hello.”

And Gronk appeared on stage.

Per the report, Gronk was “visibly moved” by the “deafening roar” from the fans.

WCVB.com has a fan-shot video from the visit, which included Gronk autographing a Gronkowski jersey that Bryan was wearing, Bryan removing the jersey and telling Gronk to return the signed version back to the fan who had given it to Bryan, Gronk doing a shot with Bryan, and Gronk spiking the glass (which apparently/hopefully wasn’t glass).

Bryan then persuaded Gronkowski to run a pass route on the stage. Bryan overthrew Gronk on the first try, but they connected on the second.

“I can now say I completed a pass to Gronk in Gillette Stadium,” Bryan said. “How cool is that?”

Unless Gronk plans to catch a pass from Mick Jagger on July 7 or George Strait on August 17, that will be the last pass Gronk catches at Gillette Stadium this year. Unless that “deafening roar” helps persuade Gronk to unretire.

35 responses to “Gronk returns to Gillette Stadium, hears cheers, catches pass

  1. I have a feeling Gronk will take the off-season, maybe the first six or so games of the season, decide he misses the game too much and return. That might be the reason why the Pats haven’t really made too serious a move for a decent tight end.

  2. Commissioner Goodell today announced that if Gronk unretires this year then his having attended a team facility for more than 4 hrs will be deemed against offseason training rules…

  3. …..and at that very moment, coaches running NFL training camps in 31 cities, collectively bow their heads and sigh at the prospect of Jules, Flash, Harry and Gronk on the fence.

    I Love It!

  4. I would love for Gronk to come back to the Patriots, but it isn’t going to happen. He’s spent the last few weeks visiting a ton of kids’ charities and organizations, entertaining the kids and making donations. In his “spare” time he’s going to other teams’ games, going to concerts and just ripping it up. You can see he’s lost weight and I imagine that helps his aches and pains. He’s not going to go into full-time training to get back in game shape so that he can get mugged every game and risk his health further.

  5. He seems to really be enjoying himself and I’m sure loves having less structure. I’d be kinda surprised if Gronk comes back this year but I could see Gronk sitting out the season and coming back the following year.

  6. lgw91s says:

    June 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Is anybody going to be shocked when he suits up for the playoff run?
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    Well as we learned with Jason Witten last year since he’s on the retired/reserve list he has to return by the 13th week. Although I doubt Gronk returns this year, if he does that seems to be the time as it would give him 5 weeks leading to the playoffs.

  7. I Love It!

    Wake up Skippy you know dreams don’t come true. You think the Pats are way more important outside of NE…..fact…they aren’t.

  8. Gronk. No Gronk. Doesn’t matter. One of the things McDaniels is best at is morphing the offense constantly to maximize the players he has, not the ones that are injured or retired.

    Pats will be just fine whoever they have on the field.

  9. As much as we’d all love to see it, he’s too smart to return. The man’s got a pile of money and Hollywood is calling. He’d be crazy to risk his long term health when there’s really not much left for him to accomplish in the NFL.

  10. I’ll believe he’s retired when he misses an entire season. Remember, Jason Witten retired too.

  11. The wishful thinking from Pats fans is awesome. First, that Gronk will return this year, and next, that the offense will be fine without him anyway.

    Same as Sox fans thinking the bullpen would be fine without Kimbrell.

    The division is up for grabs this year. Should be a fun season.

  12. lgw91s says:
    June 23, 2019 at 8:52 am
    Is anybody going to be shocked when he suits up for the playoff run?
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    Well as we learned with Jason Witten last year since he’s on the retired/reserve list he has to return by the 13th week. Although I doubt Gronk returns this year, if he does that seems to be the time as it would give him 5 weeks leading to the playoffs.
    __________________________

    Gronk loves the spotlight. It’s not unreasonable to think that Gronk would consider getting himself ready physically during the season—return by wk 13—practice with the team for a few weeks –play in the last 1 or 2 regular season games to get his feet wet—-then be ready to go for up to 4 playoff games. Wear and tear and risk of injury minimized under this plan.

  13. “The wishful thinking from Pats fans is awesome. First, that _______ will return this year, and next, that the offense will be fine without him anyway.

    The division is up for grabs this year. Should be a fun season.”

    Hilarious. Said Bills fans every offseason for the last 15 years. Pats may not win the SB or get to it again this season, but they’ll certainly be fine and be at or near the front in the hunt.

    Bills, probably not so much. Though I will admit they are improving and the games should be more fun and competitive this year than the past few.

  14. No Bills fan was predicting the Pats demise when Brady was in his 20’s, or even 30’s.

    He’ll be 42. It’s over. The division will be decided by the Bills or the Jets.

  15. No Bills fan was predicting the Pats demise when Brady was in his 20’s, or even 30’s.

    He’ll be 42. It’s over. The division will be decided by the Bills or the Jets.

  16. Romo protected Witten and extended his career, Gronk has taken a beating catching passes from Brady. Two different careers.

  17. amaf21 says:
    June 23, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Most annoying retiree since Brett Farve.

    ——

    Weird that you click on the article.

    Then read the article.

    Then comment on the article.

  18. billsrthefuture says:
    June 23, 2019 at 2:42 pm
    No Bills fan was predicting the Pats demise when Brady was in his 20’s, or even 30’s.

    He’ll be 42. It’s over. The division will be decided by the Bills or the Jets.

    ———————-
    Even after the Pats fall the Bills and Jets will still not be deciding much. Neither will the Dolphins.

  19. He’s the one Pats player everyone loves. Too bad such a great talent and personality is now forever tainted by the no integrity garbage organization that is the Pats.

  20. Yup…. the Pats STILL own the fans of other teams…. nice to see things haven’t changed……
    Brady at 42….. next it will be Brady at 43, then 44, then 45….. the more things change the more they stay the same…

  21. He’s not coming back he’s done and having fun. As for the doom and gloom of the other AFC East fans as long as Tom Brady is the qb and Bill Belichick is the coach the Pats will own the division period. When one of the two retires or gets hurt then we will take your doomsday predictions seriously.

  22. I don’t see him coming back. His body has taken too much of a beating. The shattered / RE-shattered / multi-surgery forearm, the ACL, the constant shots to the ribs, and of course the chronic back issue….too much.

  23. I would like to see him come back, but I don’t think he will. The Gronkster always fought for that extra yard, even if it meant getting hurt. I think if he played a little smarter he may not have been hurt as much. Still, one tough SOB.

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