It’s well known that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants Tom Brady to sign a one-day contract with the Pats so he can retire under the Patriots banner, but what about Brady’s longtime teammate, fellow Patriots legend and one of the most productive tight ends in NFL history, Rob Gronkowski?
According to Gronk himself, if Robert Kraft is willing to send a one-day contract his way, it’d “definitely be something to consider,” as the 33-year-old who spent nine seasons with the Patriots “loved [his] time there” and still has plenty of love for the organization as well.
“If it was offered and presented, it would definitely be a possibility,” Gronkowski said to the Athletic’s Jeff Howe in a video interview. “I love New England. I loved my time there. I learned so much. I love Mr. Kraft. I love the whole organization, coach (Bill) Belichick, everyone. I’ve learned so much there over the nine years. If that was presented in my case, that would definitely be something to consider because of just how much that place means to me for the rest of my life.”
Gronk, who officially announced his retirement from the NFL in June of 2022, the second time he announced his retirement after retiring from the Patriots and returning to the NFL to play alongside Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. When asked if there was a possibility Gronk might be convinced to lace up the cleats again, the 6’6,” 268-pounder was adamant that he was retired from the game for good.
“No, no. I’m done, man,” Gronkowski added. “Tom is not reopening that door. I don’t know. Maybe he is. I don’t know.”
Gronkowski added that he was “definitely shocked a bit” that Brady had officially announced his retirement (for good this time), stating that the thought the 45-year-old quarterback “still had some left in the tank.” Notwithstanding, Gronk appeared on a very emotional tribute episode of the “Let’s Go Podcast” alongside Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the latter of whom had nothing but the highest praise for the former Patriots.
Gronkowski played for 11 total seasons in the NFL, amassing 621 receptions, 9,286 receiving yards and 92 touchdowns. He made the All-Pro team 4 times and won 4 Super Bowls as well. Perhaps even more impressive were Gronk’s post-season numbers, where he scored 15 touchdowns in 22 playoff games, including five touchdowns in five Super Bowl appearances.
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