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Rob Gronkowski says his conditioning will ‘need to change’ in return to NFL

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski made no secret that his initial retirement was due in large part to the toll that football took on him, and he admitted that his conditioning work will need to be different during his second stint in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronkowski said Wednesday he knows that, with age, he needs to change some things, but feels he knows himself better than he did when he was younger. He also added that he intends to play the same way he did with the New England Patriots, despite the physical toll that can take.

These comments are a reminder that it’s no guarantee we see the Gronk of old in Tampa Bay. In 2018, his final season with the Patriots, he was a shell of himself, and his 52.5 yards per game was his lowest tally since his rookie year.

Gronkowski made clear that he was “not in a good place” when he stepped away following the 2018 season. He seems to be doing much better now, but it’s been quite a while since he tested his body at the highest level.

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