Tom Brady won’t attempt to lure Rob Gronkowski out of retirement
If former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wishes to remain retired, veteran quarterback Tom Brady isn’t going to attempt to convince him otherwise.
Appearing on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Monday morning, Brady said that he’s happy for Gronk and his post-retirement life, adding that he has no plans to lure the tight end back to Foxborough.
“I love that guy. I’m so happy that he’s enjoying his time, his life. He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what’s best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don’t lobby for those things,” Brady said matter-of-factly.
“I have a great relationship with him. He’s given a hell of a lot to our team already over a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region. I think he’s just a very special guy. He’s at a different phase of his life.”
Brady’s approach is in stark contrast to that of team owner Robert Kraft, who said prior to a Thursday night game against the New York Giants that Gronk has yet to officially file his retirement paperwork and that he’s still “hoping” and “praying” for a return.
Gronk himself has not closed the door on a potential return, but for right now, he’s living the good life, getting healthy and finding a bevy of post-playing career opportunities.