Rob Gronkowski was surprisingly noncommittal when he was asked after the Super Bowl if he will return to the New England Patriots in 2018, but could that actually mean the star tight end is considering a career change?
According to a report from Bill Burt of local Massachusetts newspaper The Eagle-Tribune, Gronkowski is thinking about giving up football to pursue a career in acting. Gronk has supposedly spoken with Hollywood legends Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who told him they believe he could make millions if he starred in action films.
Burt also reports that Gronkowski has told friends that injuries have taken a toll on him, which makes sense. With the concussion that knocked him out of the AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski has now suffered just about every significant injury a football player can have. The 28-year-old has torn his ACL, broken his arm and undergone back surgery on three different occasions since college.
In some ways, it isn’t all that shocking that Gronkowski would consider retirement. He has said in the past that he is very responsible with money and hasn’t spent a dime of his NFL earnings, using just endorsement money to this point. The Gronkowski family is extremely popular and owns a successful fitness company, so Rob likely isn’t worried about money when making a decision about his NFL future.
Between the heartbreaking loss in the Super Bowl and the mess Gronkowski returned to at his home in Foxboro, the All-Pro currently has a lot on his plate. Don’t expect him to make a final decision about his future anytime soon.