Rob Gronkowski is once again openly contemplating retirement heading into the offseason, but there has been at least one positive sign for New England Patriots fans who are hoping the star tight end will return in 2019.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Gronkowski has still been a regular at Gillette Stadium since the Patriots won the Super Bowl two weeks ago. While some of that could have to do with him receiving treatment for a thigh injury he suffered, Reiss believes it also indicates Gronk is “in a good place with how the season ended, both team-wise and personally.”
Gronkowski has reportedly had some issues with Bill Belichick over the past two years, and we all know about his extensive injury history. There had been talk that Gronk would have retired following last year’s Super Bowl if the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, so many believe he plans to call it a career now.
However, immediately after the Pats beat the Los Angeles Rams, Gronkowski and Tom Brady appeared to drop a hint that the All-Pro could return for another run at a championship. Gronkowki and Brady have a very close relationship, so it would not be a surprise if the quarterback can convince one of his favorite teammates to play another year.
Like he did a year ago, Rob Gronkowski is once again openly contemplating retirement after another hard-fought battle in the Super Bowl. But even with the New England Patriots coming out on top this time, it does not sound like a guarantee that the star tight end will be calling it a career.
Not long after the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams to win their sixth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, Brady shared another one of his patented videos with Gronk that seemed to be directed toward the haters. However, this one may have had an additional message.
If you really want to read into things, you could make the argument that Gronk’s hand gestures at the beginning of the video were his way of saying he is weighing his options. Both he and Brady appear to be contemplating something before looking at each other, smiling and nodding their heads. The clip then ends with the message “To be continued…”
We already know Brady isn’t going anywhere despite having more championship rings than he can fit on one hand, and there’s a line of thinking that he might be able to convince Gronkowski to give it one more go. Gronk has one year remaining on his contract and a base salary of $9 million for 2019.
Given the way he described his physical condition after the Super Bowl, it would hardly be a surprise if Gronkowski decides to retire.
Rob Gronkowski’s playing future was a major topic of interest entering the Super Bowl, and it continues to be one afterwards.
The New England Patriots tight end said after winning Super Bowl LIII on Sunday that he will make a decision on retirement in the next week or two.
Gronk on his future: “That decision will be made in a week or two.”
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) February 4, 2019
"Are you ready to call it a career?"
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 4, 2019
Compare that to Tom Brady, who made clear that he will continue to play and is not retiring.
Retirement rumors dogged Gronkowski during last year’s Super Bowl and was a topic during the offseason. He decided to return for another season, but after winning it all, you have to figure it would be a good time for Gronk to finally walk away. He played hurt all season, has dealt with multiple injuries throughout his career, and he’s a future Hall of Famer. What more does he have to prove?
Rob Gronkowski was a big factor in the New England Patriots’ offense early in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he did take some punishment.
After making a catch on third-and-long in the second quarter, Gronkowski was taken down by two Los Angeles Rams defenders. His left knee seemed to take a shot as he was tackled and he came up limping.
One good sign is that Gronk waved off the team’s trainer after hitting the sideline.
Head trainer Jim Whalen came over to Rob Gronkowski on the bench after that last hit and him walking off field slowly, but Gronkowski brushed him off.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 4, 2019
Gronkowski has battled injuries all season, dealing with back and heel/Achilles issues. Seeing him come up limping so early in the game was a concern.
Gronk had four catches for 40 yards in the early going. New England kicked a field goal after Gronk’s catch to take a 3-0 lead.
Rob Gronkowski has had opportunities this week to commit to playing in the NFL again next season, and it is really no surprise that he has largely avoided the subject. Very few people would be surprised if Sunday’s game ended up being the last of the star tight end’s career, and one respected NFL reporter believes it will be.
During an appearance on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan Show” Thursday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said he heard from trusted sources last year that Gronkowski was planning to retire if the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
— WEEI (@WEEI) January 31, 2019
“Last year in Minneapolis as the Super Bowl was approaching, I kept hearing from people I trust that Gronkowski was going to retire if the Patriots won the game,” Florio said. “I think not winning the game caused him to take a step back.”
Florio added that he believes Gronk will retire following this year’s Super Bowl whether the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams or not, as family members are “hounding him” to call it a career before more injuries — particularly concussions — pile up.
Even one of Gronk’s brothers recently made it seem like there’s a legitimate chance the All-Pro could retire. While Gronkowski has proven he can still make a major impact during this postseason run, he’s nowhere near as dominant in the receiving game as he once was. Another championship ring would probably make his decision an easy one.
The week leading up to the Super Bowl can sometimes feel quite long. There’s a lot of media that normally wouldn’t get the chance to speak with NFL players, and there are a lot of opportunities for those media members to speak to the players. That can lead to some pretty bizarre revelations.
The most bizarre of Super Bowl LIII may end up being Rob Gronkowski’s lifelong love of being tickled.
The New England Patriots’ tight end made quite clear that he really enjoys being tickled on Wednesday and has ever since he was young.
Gronk says his favorite thing in life is getting tickled! Really, he was adamant. Rob Gronkowski absolutely lives getting tickled. Not tickling, getting tickled !!
— Hub Arkush (@Hub_Arkush) January 30, 2019
Gronk: “I just like being tickled. Ever since the 2nd grade. ….It’s the best.” #SBLIII
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 30, 2019
It’s probably time to play the game now.
Hey, more power to Gronk. In fact, when you consider his rather juvenile sense of humor, maybe we all should have seen this coming.
The big question on everyone’s mind is who will win Super Bowl LIII. There’s more than just the big prize at stake on Sunday in Atlanta, however. There are a lot of lesser prizes to claim, and not the least of them is Super Bowl MVP honors.
The joy of Super Bowl MVP is that anyone can win it. Sure, that sounds obvious on the surface, but any one player can have a big game out of nowhere, and that’s all it takes to put yourself in the conversation. Any player could jump up and surprise us and claim honors on Sunday, but some options are more obvious than others. Here are ten who would seem to stand a pretty good chance of claiming the award.
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
If the Patriots win, it’s pretty easy to envision Brady claiming the Super Bowl MVP. The quarterback tends to play his best in big games, and this certainly counts as the biggest. The Rams can be vulnerable to the pass, and with two weeks of gameplanning, it’s pretty safe to say that Brady will be prepared for whatever Los Angeles throws at him. If he has a big game, it’s easy to see the MVP voters defaulting to him.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams
Cooks is the Rams’ big play wide receiver, the man Jared Goff counts on when he needs a big chunk of yardage. That puts Cooks in position to put up some big numbers. He had five 100-yard receiving games in the regular season, and he put up 107 yards on the New Orleans Saints during the playoffs. He hasn’t put up huge touchdown totals, but if he has a big yardage game and finds the end zone once or twice, hardware could come his way.