Rob Gronkowski’s retirement from football didn’t even make it a full 24 hours before the speculation train started careening off the tracks.
Gronk’s agent Drew Rosenhaus hinted on an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” that his client may not be as retired as some people think.
“If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games.”
Drew Rosenhaus on @GetUpESPN on Rob Gronkowski’s future: “If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2019
Rosenhaus doubled down on those comments in a conversation with NFL Newtork.”
“I was shocked. I thought Rob was going to come back and play,” said Rosenhaus who also said that is gut feeling is that Gronk comes back at some point despite the fact that his client told him he was “done, done, done.”
Gronkowski announced his retirement in an Instagram post on Sunday.
At his best he was the most explosive and productive tight end in the history of football. A true unicorn who provided a rare blend of power and bug play ability.
Gronkowski, 29, will walk away – for now – after nine dominant seasons that included 521 receptions for 7861 yards and 79 touchdowns, three Super Bowls, four first team All-Pro selections and countless jaw-dropping highlights. He leaves behind a legacy as the most unstoppable TE in NFL history.
The years definitely took their toll on Gronk. He suffered through a statistically subpar 2018 but finished strong with 6 catches in both the AFC Title games and Super Bowl LXIII.
During the run up to the Super Bowl Gronk suggested that the rigors of the NFL had taken a toll on him mentally and physically.
“The season is a grind. It’s up and down. I’m not going to lie and sit here and say every week is the best. Not at all. You go up. You go down. You can take some serious hits. Try to imagine getting hit all the time and trying to be where you want to be every day in life. It’s tough. It’s difficult.
“To take hits to the thigh, to take hits to your head, abusing your body, isn’t what your brain wants. When your body is abused, it can bring down your mood. You have to be able to deal with that, too, throughout the season. You have to be able to deal with that going into games.”
So Gronk is done, for now. But based on Rosenhaus’ comments don’t be stunned if we see number 87 terrorizing defenses once again sometime later on this year.