Pats Owner Robert Kraft Reveals Rob Gronkowski Has Yet To Officially File His Retirement Papers, Gronk Confirms He’ll ‘Always Keep The Door Open’ For NFL Return

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Back in March, former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced that he was retiring from football with this heartfelt Instagram post.

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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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Since then there have been several reports that he was taking some time off but might be willing to make a comeback later in the year.

Via Bleacher Report

Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made a public appearance recently and said he was done with football. What I can tell you is few people, including sources on the Patriots, believe that.

The belief is that once the season gets going, and Gronkowski starts missing football, he will rejoin the team. It’s not just a hunch, sources say; you can count on it

This week Gronk was hired by Fox as an analyst and he made his debut tonight before the Pats Thursday night game against the Giants. Before Gronk appeared on the show, Pats owner Robert Kraft sat down with Fox and revealed that Gronk had not yet officially filed his retirement papers.

Gronk would go on to confirm that he would ‘always keep the door open for a comeback.

As much as I’d love to see Gronk make an NFL comeback he seems to be pretty good at the whole TV thing.


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