Report: Rob Gronkowski catches passes from Tom Brady

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Rob Gronkowski insisted last week he is enjoying retirement and does not miss football. On Monday, he reportedly returned to football . . . at least for a day.

The tight end caught passes from Tom Brady in a private workout on the UCLA campus on Monday, Andrew Callahan of masslive.com reports. Brady’s personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero, also attended the session.

Gronkowski is in Los Angeles for the second annual Monster Energy $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game, which tips off at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Monday night, according to Callahan.

Gronkowski, 30, retired in March after nine seasons. He said on the Rich Eisen Show last week that “there’s definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything. . . . I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything.”

The four-time All-Pro has lost 18 pounds from the 268 he played at last season, but that hasn’t stopped Brady from campaigning for Gronkowski’s return. And for one day at least, Brady was reunited with his favorite pass catcher.

News of Gronkowski’s workout with Brady will only fuel speculation of a return by the Pro Bowl tight end at some point this season.

78 responses to “Report: Rob Gronkowski catches passes from Tom Brady

  1. he’ll get back into shape on his own with one of Brady’s “trainers” during July and first 3 weeks of August. Then when training camp is in the last week he will come out of retirement. This is the only way he can skip the rigors of training camp without getting fined / punished….

  2. …… “I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything.”

    Translation: Week 5.

    I LOVE IT!!!!

  3. There is no “speculation.” Gronk is done. Let him enjoy his retirement (and his continued health) in peace.

  4. I think they’re teasing everyone that’s all. Or maybe he comes back and plays as a wideout at 245 or so.

  5. Patriot fans need to ask themselves why Brady spends so much off-season time in So-Cal. Is it because he really doesn’t like the New England fans and wants to be away from them as much as he can? Can anyone honestly blame him?

  6. Gronk is smart saving his body from the wear and tear of most of the regular season since Patriots don’t need him to win the weakest division in football.

  7. There seriously aren’t enough stories about Brady, Gronk and just the Pats in general. How about you invent a few to get us thru the offseason? SMH.

  8. Doesn’t mean anything, for old times sake. Sounds like a nice afternoon. Tom can’t join him soon enough

  9. A “private workout”? I’m sure Gronk was in a helmet a full pads. P_L_E_A_S_E.

  10. He’s playing this season.

    It’s not news.

    Vets hate training camp.

    Guys that like to partake in the party life don’t want to have to take drug tests.

    This is not hard to figure out.

    Gronk will sign in early to mid-August.

  11. Call me crazy but a lighter Gronk may actually have a few more years left in him. He definitely wouldn’t be as physical, but the thought still scares the crap out of me.

  12. Curious are they taking bets in Vegas if he is coming back.Yes he lost 20 pounds but can gain it back really quick if your an athlete.I would put my money he will come back after the bye.Most athletes who retire disappear but Gronk has been spending alot of time with his teammates and still in Boston

  13. I don’t think it means a thing, except he was in town, they talked, agreed to meet, and catch some footballs. Keeps him sharp IF he decides to come back one more time, and it’s fun for everyone. TB12 will work out with ANYONE when it’s past May.

  14. I thought his comment “Call me when the playoffs are here”, was a better measuring stick of predictability. But a poster here stated that retired players are not allowed to do that. You have to be added to the active roster much earlier in the season to be eligible for the playoffs.
    I can’t find any definitive rule.

  15. well I don’t think anyone would be surprised, or would blame him, if he came back. Nevertheless, the idea of a player going out on his own terms, in relatively good health after winning a Super Bowl, is a nice idea.

  16. Well, people do not stop being friends just because they may not work with one another anymore. I imagine if Randy Moss, Kevin Faulk, David Patten, etc., were in town they would have been happy to play catch with Tom Brady as well.

  17. Ahhhhhhhh isn’t that cute it’s like Rocky and Apollo running on the beach sweet !

  18. Brady will use any & all options availabile to him to hone his craft & stay sharp during the off season, even a good friend that’s retired if they are willing to lend a hand…..
    Brady is just showing GRONK both what the extent of his football career will now consist of & what he’ll be missing come September…..

  19. What were Brady and, in particular, Guerrero doing in Los Angeles? The article doesn’t say. Did Brady travel 3,000 miles to play catch? This story has juicy implications for us Patriots’ fans.

  20. Gronk- Football needs you and your personality in it. Sit out the first 8 games and then please come back.

    -Not a Patriots fan- Just a football fan

  21. I’d have to think this is more than just playing catch. At least in my fanboy head Gronk was running real routes with Brady demanded precision. Steps counted. Cuts made. Brady doesn’t half ass anything.

    I’m a nobody so I don’t know anything “official”. But I do know that these are Hall of Fame competitors. Juices would be flowing. All I’m saying is that it’s more than just playing catch like 99% of us would be doing. It’s more than just tossing the ball back and forth in the back yard while chatting.

  22. Pssssttt.. Hey Mack… Here is a little secret.. Patriots fans are everywhere.. That explains why when the Patriots play away games they have all those fans in the stands. It also explains why Bradys jersey outsells everyone else’s. Can you blame the fans in California? They don’t even know where their team is playing year after year.

  23. Love the 2 yard throw comment by a Colts fan ,whose team could not do what TB12 did- beat KC in KC!!!
    Can’t wait to see that 6th World Championship banner. In Foxborough that’s what they hang , not participation banners!

  24. mhouser1922 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 8:51 am
    What were Brady and, in particular, Guerrero doing in Los Angeles? The article doesn’t say. Did Brady travel 3,000 miles to play catch? This story has juicy implications for us Patriots’ fans.

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    I don’t think it’s weird for Brady and Guerrero to be in LA. Also, Guerrero is probably guiding Gronk’s retirement health plan.

  25. aquineas1 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 7:06 am
    well I don’t think anyone would be surprised, or would blame him, if he came back. Nevertheless, the idea of a player going out on his own terms, in relatively good health after winning a Super Bowl, is a nice idea.

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    It’s a nice idea, but you can’t actually retire at 30 years old. And he’s used to living fast and being famous, which fades fast if he can’t transition to being an actor, WWE star or some other prominent public role. Barry Sanders personality type could handle a quiet early retirement, but I don’t know if Gronk’s can. I can see him returning to play.

  26. Brady trains in Socal because he’s from there also I wouldn’t put too much stock into this. Gronk probably paying Brady a visit and having some down time. Enjoy retirement Gronk you’ve earned it don’t have to prove anything else.

  27. A 2 yard pass going 61 mph = 6 lombardies. All other QBs who are “athletic” = not that much. So the question that you must answer is… Which would you prefer?

  28. roninscribe says:
    July 8, 2019 at 9:22 pm
    There is no “speculation.” Gronk is done. Let him enjoy his retirement (and his continued health) in peace.

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    There are a lot of people (fans and insiders alike) that predict he will come out of retirement anywhere between the end of training camp and the final stretch to another SB run. That is literally the definition of speculation. So, yes. There is speculation.

    Maybe he won’t. Maybe he shouldn’t. But the dictionary disagrees with you this time.

  29. patsfan1820 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Brady trains in Socal because he’s from there also I wouldn’t put too much stock into this. Gronk probably paying Brady a visit and having some down time. Enjoy retirement Gronk you’ve earned it don’t have to prove anything else.

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    Brady is from the Bay area….not Southern Cal

  30. Come 2020 Gronk will be destroying another Lombardi — full swing this time, with Super Bowl MVP Josh Gordon pitching.

  31. He would be foolish to come back. There is no reason to. He left the game on top. He has every award and trophy known to mankind.
    He has plenty of money and wealth.
    Enjoy life at 30 years old. No reason to continue playing. Gronk is the pure example of what every NFL player should aspire to be.
    Get wealthy and get out healthy at a young age.
    1st ballot HOF easy.. enjoy life man. You will be in one of Wahlbergs next movies if you leave football behind. It is a no brainer. Brady should do the same thing. Can you imagine if Brady plays an egg this upcoming season and has a bad injury?? Go out on top at the very best at your position and enjoy the wealth you built.

  32. If Witten & Antonio Gates can come back after long layoffs, 30yr old Gronkowski should be able to come back every year around week 6 without losing much.

  33. Even war veterans enjoy days at the shooting range when they come home. It doesn’t mean they are going to be deployed again, it’s just something fun to do with buddies.

  34. Ehhh I don’t think he’s coming back. The guy lost alot of weight. Tom probably gathered him for a throwing session. And besides that Gronk retired because of all those crazy injuries he sustained. I think he’s ok with his decision. Let him be. The dude was a beast.

  35. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:45 am
    patsfan1820 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:11 am
    Brady trains in Socal because he’s from there also I wouldn’t put too much stock into this. Gronk probably paying Brady a visit and having some down time. Enjoy retirement Gronk you’ve earned it don’t have to prove anything else.

    ———–

    Brady is from the Bay area….not Southern Cal

    ——————

    Brady is from California and he trains has trained at UCLA multiple times in the past. So yes, he grew up in the bay area, but so what. It’s still not unusual for him to be training at UCLA.

  36. finzfan49 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 11:56 am
    He would be foolish to come back. There is no reason to. He left the game on top. He has every award and trophy known to mankind.
    He has plenty of money and wealth.
    Enjoy life at 30 years old. No reason to continue playing. Gronk is the pure example of what every NFL player should aspire to be.
    Get wealthy and get out healthy at a young age.
    1st ballot HOF easy.. enjoy life man. You will be in one of Wahlbergs next movies if you leave football behind. It is a no brainer. Brady should do the same thing. Can you imagine if Brady plays an egg this upcoming season and has a bad injury?? Go out on top at the very best at your position and enjoy the wealth you built.

    ——————

    I feel like what made someone compete to be the best at their position in history is also the thing that would make it hard for him to enjoy his wealth in retirement at 30 years old. These guys play because they love to play and compete. Not just for the money. That will leave a void that is hard to fill with guest appearances in Entourage 2 or Ted 3.

  37. mackcarrington says:
    July 8, 2019 at 9:29 pm
    Patriot fans need to ask themselves why Brady spends so much off-season time in So-Cal. Is it because he really doesn’t like the New England fans and wants to be away from them as much as he can? Can anyone honestly blame him?

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    Actually he spends less time in SoCal these days. Thats originally where he and Giselle settled, they even built a house there. But then a few years after they built the house in Brookline and the one in LA got sold. He and Giselle travel all over the globe, they have always been that way. It makes sense that their respective backgrounds would combine that way. LA is just one stop of many for them.

  38. He lost 18 pounds of protection.

    If he came back he would be vulnerable, in a body that was already breaking down.

    He would be stupid to come back.

  39. mlhigh says:
    July 8, 2019 at 11:02 pm
    And the Pat fans heads explode with unrealistic joy.

    10 32 Rate This
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    playing in the sb every year is not unrealistic, but it is joyous

  40. depends entirely on the production they get from their current TE’s. If they are lacking, BB will up the price to trade for Rudolph or Jimmy Graham. If that fails, they will call Gronk.

  41. So Crates says:
    July 9, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    He lost 18 pounds of protection.

    If he came back he would be vulnerable, in a body that was already breaking down.

    He would be stupid to come back.

    3 4 Rate This
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    A legit comment on how athletes bodies work and yet it’s downvoted by the Patriots homers. Do the Pats homers even know anything?

  42. Gronk loves brady they are brothers if anyone could coax him out of retirement its tb12 but I doubt it gronk is now out for stud and loving it!

  43. superpatriotsfan says:
    July 9, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    Gotta love the Pats homers thinking Gronk is coming back. Nervous about the upcoming season?
    ************

    If by nervous you mean going 12-4, having the 1 or 2 seed in the AFC and making it to the SB again, then yes, we’re nervous.

  44. Maybe he should be working on his tackling instead. Or Belichick could come up with a prevent defense without him on the field.

  45. The irony of PFT comments on Patriots stories is it’s the detractors that are clearly nervous about NE. That’s what happens when you are more invested in the Patriots losing a game than I, a lifetime Pats supporter, am in them winning and then they keep winning. Don’t worry Brady won’t be around forever. Of course you still have to hope Bill doesn’t hit on another QB, but who knows on that one.

  46. To come back Gronk would need to:
    1) Pack on the lost weight;
    2) Get in gym shape (lift/run);
    3) Get in football shape (on field contact); and
    4) Get sober (this could take weeks of detox and other treatment).

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