Rob Gronkowski made his broadcasting debut for the NFL on FOX ahead of the Thursday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, and he did not disappoint.
Gronk spoke about his former teammate Julian Edelman and explained why the receiver is nicknamed “squirrel.” Gronk got intense as he talked, like he was cutting a wrestling promo.
Well said Gronk. Absolutley perfect debut pic.twitter.com/QUoaGHXBTj
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) October 11, 2019
“He’s furry. He’s cute. He’s elusive. He’s feisty. And most importantly, whenever he gets a chance, he gets that nut!” Gronk said.
The energy and phrasing by Gronk is exactly what FOX signed up for. Of course, get that nut could have multiple meanings beyond just going after a football, which is probably where Gronk’s mind was.
Gronk and Edelman were teammates on the Patriots for nine seasons
Rumors about Rob Gronkowski possibly returning to the New England Patriots this season have percolated steadily since the tight end announced his retirement, and the team’s owner is among those hoping for a return.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said during an appearance on NFL Network Thursday that they “love Gronk” and “pray and hope” he will return to the team. Kraft also noted that Gronk has not officially submitted his retirement papers.
#Patriots owner Robert Kraft on @nflnetwork just now: “We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn't put his retirement papers in. We can always pray and hope …. That's a good academic argument that there is hope for us still with Gronk."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2019
Though Gronk has not filed for retirement, FOX announced this week that the tight end will join their “NFL on FOX” team as an analyst. Stepping into a TV role seems to be the opposite direction of training for a return to the field, but that does not mean things couldn’t change. Remember, Jason Witten was a “Monday Night Football” broadcaster last year and decided to return to the Dallas Cowboys this year.
Patriots fans — and Kraft — can continue to dream and hope. Maybe their wishes will come true.
NFL fans are going to be seeing a lot more of Rob Gronkowski going forward this season, but that does not mean the star tight end is coming out of retirement — at least not yet.
Gronkowski has agreed to a deal with FOX to serve as a regular studio analyst for the “NFL on FOX.” The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network and later confirmed by Gronkowski himself.
Here’s a statement from Gronk on signing with FOX Sports pic.twitter.com/KmYql4ZVNf
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) October 8, 2019
There has been talk of Gronkowski serving as a studio analyst since the moment he announced his decision to retire, and he should be great for ratings. He’s a huge personality in addition to being arguably the best tight end to ever play, so it goes without saying that people will want to hear what he has to say.
Gronk has not entirely ruled out making an NFL comeback, and a recent roster move the New England Patriots made will only add to the speculation. Whether he eventually plays football again or not, Gronkowski should be a perfect fit for FOX.
Rob Gronkowski suffered a number of significant injuries during his NFL career, and many of them were to his head. Concussions and head trauma have become sensitive topics across the football world in recent years with more being learned about CTE, but Gronk says the condition is curable.
Gronkowski surprised some people this week when he said he would allow his son to play football if he had one. The former New England Patriots tight end retired at the age of 29 because his body broke down, but he told Reena Ninan of CBS News that he wouldn’t mind his son playing football because “any injury you receive is fixable.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 12, 2019
Gronk didn’t specifically mention the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. However, he estimated that he sustained 20 concussions while playing football, and CTE expert Chris Nowinski commended Gronkowski for talking about it but said CTE “cannot be fixed.” Gronk disagreed and said he is living proof that “it is fixable.”
It is fixable. I fixed mine. There are plenty of methods in this world that allow the brain to recover from severe damage. That is also why I would allow my kid to play football. https://t.co/9aI1olAdqP
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) September 13, 2019
There is still a lot to learn about CTE, but at the moment it can only formally be diagnosed after an autopsy. While scans could determine if Gronkowski’s brain has any signs that are consistent with those of CTE patients, there’s no way to tell for sure if he suffers from it or did at one point.
Gronkowski is endorsing a new product that he swears has changed his life, but we doubt he has much evidence to support his claim that CTE and brain damage can be “fixed.” That’s probably a subject he needs to learn more about before making those types of claims.
Rob Gronkowski has a fun-loving personality that can make you think he lacks intelligence, but he’s actually a math genius. Well, kind of.
During an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast this week, Gronk revealed that his favorite subject in high school was math. In fact, he says he was so dominant in the math classroom that he was moved up to an advanced class. Unfortunately, it did not go so well.
Fun Fact – Gronk was a math genius growing up (normal math only) pic.twitter.com/ZFyYh0ZEpT
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) September 11, 2019
If that isn’t the most Gronk quote of all time, we don’t know what is.
We saw a much more serious side of Gronkowski recently than we have grown accustomed to, so it’s nice to have the old Gronk back.
Now that the New England Patriots have somehow managed to land Antonio Brown, many fans are wondering if Rob Gronkowski will be the final piece of the puzzle. The former tight end has not totally ruled out an NFL comeback, but would he be even more open to it now that the team he left behind looks as strong as ever?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Gronkowski did some work with Barstool Sports this week, and founder Dave Portnoy confidently told Gronk that he knows he is going to “avoid the grind of the season and come back for the playoffs.” Portnoy speculated that Gronkowski would return in Week 14, and the 30-year-old said that sounds about right.
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) September 9, 2019
“I won’t even be (in) single coverage with all those receivers we have,” Gronkowski said. “I won’t even be touched — Week 14.”
Unfortunately for football fans, Gronk was probably joking and just going along with what Portnoy said. The biggest red flag with what he said is that Gronkowski would have to be moved off the reserve/retired list by Week 13 if we wants to be eligible for the playoffs. The NFL has that rule in place to avoid exactly what Portnoy said, which is a player skipping the entire regular season and returning for the playoffs.
The Patriots didn’t look like they had many pass-catching options after Gronk retired, but they suddenly have a depth chart that features Brown, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas. They’re Super Bowl favorites for a reason, and it’s possible Gronk could get the itch to return at some point. However, some recent remarks he made about his retirement make that seem unlikely.
Rob Gronkowski made it clear recently that he has not totally ruled out the possibility of a return to football, and at least two former New England Patriots players seem to think it is going to happen.
The latest is ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, who has Gronkowski on his fantasy football team heading into the season. Bruschi, a former Patriots linebacker, drafted Gronk in the 15th round of a 16-team league with his ESPN colleagues on Wednesday night.
Most intriguing pick from the 16-team ESPN War Room league Wednesday night: In round 15, with the 225th overall selection, @TedyBruschi takes….Rob Gronkowski.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2019
There are a couple of factors to consider before overreacting to Bruschi’s pick. For starters, Bruschi picked Gronk in the 15th round, or 225th overall. In a 16-team league, there are only flier picks remaining that late. It’s not a surprise someone picked Gronkowski over a team’s fifth wide receiver or third running back. Also, Bruschi is a TV analyst and former Patriot, so he probably knew the pick would get people talking.
Gronkowski said last week that he is in good enough physical condition to play football, but he has to get the urge. One former Patriots player is all but certain that Gronk will return in 2019, though we still have our doubts.