Rob Gronkowski: Coming out of retirement was a great decision, glad I’m still playing

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Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement two and a half years ago and sat out the 2019 season, but when his friend Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020, Gronk came out of retirement to facilitate a trade from the Patriots to the Bucs. He has no regrets.

Gronkowski said that coming back and getting another Super Bowl ring was absolutely worth it, and he’s glad to be back in Tampa Bay for another season.

“It was a great decision and I’m definitely glad I’m still playing. It’s a grind at times, but overall it always pays off,” Gronkowski said.

Gronk said having a full offseason in Tampa has prepared him better than last year’s abbreviated offseason did, and he’s in peak shape right now and has a better understanding of the Bucs’ offense.

“I’ve been here all offseason and now for camp, and I feel like I’m doing a lot better this year for sure,” Gronkowski said. “Conditioning wise, coming off a year and not playing, and then heading into a camp like this, it’s hard work. . . . It’s night and day from where I was last year in training camp to where I am now.”

The 32-year-old Gronkowski has had his share of injuries and certainly won’t have as long a career as Brady, but he appears eager to keep playing, perhaps even beyond 2021.

33 responses to “Rob Gronkowski: Coming out of retirement was a great decision, glad I’m still playing

  1. OK, but he might want to stop at some point soon before he Earl Campbells himself.

  2. I’m sure it was nice to have reunited with Brady and to have won another ring, but dude looked like a shell of himself. Not sure he has much left beyond 17 games…

  3. What he did bothers me way more than what Brady did as far as how he left the Patriots & then returned knowing he was forcing a trade…..but knowing Cam was going to be his QB if he stayed with the Patriots also gives him a pass…. Just glad the Pats didn’t decide to retire his number…
    Go Pats!!

  4. Getting away from Belichick was everything for Gronk. It gave him a new lease on his football life.

  5. kissbillsrings says:
    “Just glad the Pats didn’t decide to retire his number…”

    Retire his number or not, his legacy is already cemented as the greatest tight-end ever, at least in his prime. I’m glad we are still able to enjoy his playing.

  6. Translation: I get to keep winning Super Bowl rings with Tommy and Arians lets me do all the partying I want because he’s “A Cool Cat”

  7. Fraud. He was under contract in 2019 and could’ve played. Not saying they would’ve gone far in 2019 but he certainly would’ve helped. If he an axe to grind with Belichick fine, he let his teammates down and the fans.

  8. spiritanimalchicagobears says:
    August 19, 2021 at 8:34 am
    I’m sure it was nice to have reunited with Brady and to have won another ring, but dude looked like a shell of himself. Not sure he has much left beyond 17 games…

    ——-
    The “shell of himself” version of Gronkowski is still better than almost all the TE’s in the league. Even if he’s just primarily a blocker.

  9. I remember how Gronkowski talked about the giant thigh contusion he had from the Super Bowl against the Rams, how it hurt so much he couldn’t sleep for days, how he had to have huge volumes of fluid drained from it. He took a real beating over his nine years with the Patriots and I can see why he wanted to retire. He really needed that year to recuperate.

    But Gronkowski also said he only wanted to play with Brady. I don’t think he had any intention of dissing Cam Newton. Gronk knew he had choices and when Brady asked him to return, he decided he wanted to do that. And if he couldn’t do it he would stay retired. It’s a totally understandable personal and business decision. I’m a Patriots fan and I can’t blame him for it.

  10. The GOAT tight end — by a mile — was the 42nd pick in the 2010 draft, 17 slots behind NFL mega-bust and TE joke Tim Tebow and other first-round immortals Jahvid Best and Jerry Hughes. Are there really that many variables in assessing college talent that scouts/GMs can miss this badly? I guess so. Because it happens all the time.

  11. The only reason he’s out of retirement is because Brady asked him to come to Tampa. He was never going to play for Belichick again after Bill made him play through multiple seasons without getting the rest he needed. Gronk is no longer being asked to be the bell cow of the offense he’s a blocker who just so happens to catch 7 tds and 45 passes despite being past his prime.

  12. Getting a legitimate SB win absent all the cheating must have been very fulfilling. Will always remember him as a Buc.

  13. spiritanimalchicagobears says:
    August 19, 2021 at 8:34 am
    I’m sure it was nice to have reunited with Brady and to have won another ring, but dude looked like a shell of himself.

    The dude makes big plays in big situations. On the biggest stage in football he led one of the most talented WR groups in the NFL in catches, yards and, oh yeah, he came down with two touchdowns. Surrounded by receivers of that caliber, he doesn’t have to carry the group, he just knows when to pitch in. A very timely guy.

  14. Getting a legitimate SB win absent all the cheating must have been very fulfilling. Will always remember him as a Buc.
    ———————

    The one year dynasty still hurts, huh.

  15. He has said he likes Tampa under Arians because he has freedom now. In other words, he’s saying Belichick was too controlling. Even though I doubt he would come out of retirement for anyone else but Brady. It’s not a diss on Cam as much as it is for Belichick.

  16. Gronk is still a top 5 tight end. The talk of him being past his prime may be technically true, but he’s still better than most guys at their prime. He’ll be an even bigger force in Tampa this year since he’s fully back in football mode and knows the system.

  17. Patriots fans are mad at Gronk? He at least put in his time, if anyone should be mad it’s WWE and Vince McMahon. Pretty sure they fired the wrestler who recommended they signed him after they got all of two appearances from him before he decided he wanted to go back to football because Tom needed him.

  18. Well he got better as the season went on so I’m thinking this will be a big year for him.

  19. Screw the haters…….

    Brady Belichick and Gronk are ALL GOAT. Period.

    Patriot fan since 1970’s and they lifted the franchise to a Dynasty.

    I was happy to see them both win last year. Will root for them again this year as long as they not playing. Team first. But nothing but admiration for all three.

    They sure as hell sparked a lot of jealousy and envy among the haters. It was an annual gift to watch them whine and cry like little girls.

    Long Live the Dynasyty

  20. Screw the haters…….

    Brady Belichick and Gronk are ALL GOAT. Period.

    Patriot fan since 1970’s and they lifted the franchise to a Dynasty.

    I was happy to see them both win last year. Will root for them again this year as long as they not playing against Patriots. Team first. But nothing but admiration for all three. Brady changed the whole culture in NE and TB. Gronk was clutch in big games. Belichick taught NE to work hard play hard and WIN.

    They sure as hell sparked a lot of jealousy and envy among the haters. It was an annual gift to watch them whine and cry like little girls.

    Long Live the Dynasty

  21. I suppose that after a certain age and number of years in the NFL to some folks the Belichick approach to control wears a bit thin. So be it. Gronk is fun to watch

  22. Gronk would have never gone back to NE and BB, the Control Freak. Just ask Brady. He too escaped.

  23. Pats haters should stop falsely blaming Belichick. Gronk haters should grip reality. He enjoyed NE, and BB took a chance on him & made him. But he was bodily worn down and said so when he stepped away and it was obvious to Pats fans anyway. And he’s on record as saying lots of grateful things about Belichick. As do almost all who’ve spent many years under BB.

    As for Gronk haters go check the record books and his other stats and while doing so remind yourselves that all those yards and TDs (especially in the postseason) were all despite the fact he was also one of (if not THE) top blocking TE. Gronk is also a great dude away from the field, always done lots for kids etc. Stop being jealous morons.

  24. Think that Gronk was able to come back, win & play yet another year because he doesn’t have to carry the load as much as he did in New England. He sure looks happy too.

    In addition to his connection with Brady and his greatness as a receiver, he’s a great blocker too.

    Another GOAT

  25. Does anybody truly believe Gronk would have come out of retirement if Brady is still playing in New England. By doing what he did, he let his Patriots teammates and fans down. He quit the Pats because he didn’t want to play for Belichick, I never considered it a retirement because he knew Brady was leaving and he was going to get to the Pats to trade him since they still had his rights, which is what he did.

  26. mlhigh77 says:
    August 19, 2021 at 1:52 pm
    Gronk would have never gone back to NE and BB, the Control Freak. Just ask Brady. He too escaped.

    ——

    After they watched BB sabotage the SB against the Eagles by refusing to put his best defense on the field….can you blame them?

  27. I wonder how many other players have retired to avoid playing in certain places.

    I knew a year off would do his body really good. He looked worn down in his last year in NE. I just hate seeing such a great player having big success for someone else.

  28. Gronk is the coolest guy in all of sports bet against him and you’ll lose
    every time .
    The man needs his own sitcom when he decides to hang up the cleats .

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