Rob Gronkowski’s brother shares thoughts on retirement talk surrounding TE
Rob Gronkowski did not make a major impact on the stat sheet this season the way he has done throughout the majority of his career, but his presence has been felt in a big way during the playoffs. While a slightly slower Gronk is better than most of the tight ends in football, that does not mean he is committed to continuing his career after the Super Bowl.
Gronkowski’s older brother Chris, a former NFL fullback, told TMZ this week that Rob probably has not made up his mind about whether or not he will keep playing.
“I think that’s a question that I don’t think anybody actually knows the answer to at this point,” Chris said. “There’s so many emotions going throughout a season, throughout an offseason, throughout a game. I think that’s probably the last thing on anybody’s mind right now. You don’t even think about that stuff going into a huge game like this.
“I couldn’t tell you, and I don’t even think at this point that he knows what he’s going to do after the season.”
While a lot of the retirement rumors stem from the fact that Gronkowski has looked a step slower this season, he really brought them on himself. After the Patriots lost to the Eagles in the Super Bowl last year, Gronk openly contemplated retirement and said he was going to take some time to evaluate his future.
Gronkowski’s extensive injury history may be what pushes him to call it a career, but his brother is not the only person who has taken note of the contributions he is making during New England’s latest Super Bowl run. If the Patriots beat the Rams, Gronk’s decision might be a little bit easier.