A New Report Has Revealed The Likely Reason Rob Gronkowski Retired (And Why He Probably Won’t Come Back)
After nine outstanding seasons with the Patriots, the Gronk Era officially came to a close back in March when the tight end announced he was hanging up his cleats shortly after winning his third Super Bowl with New England.
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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.
There had been plenty of speculation about what Gronkowski would do once the season ended, and while fans held out hope for his return, it didn’t come as that big of a surprise when you consider how much abuse the injury-plagued player had taken over the course of his career.
With that said, it didn’t take long for Drew Rosenhaus to suggest his client could end up coming back to the NFL if the Patriots shine the Gronk Signal into the Foxborough sky and Tom Brady seems to be holding out hope that his trusty sidekick could team up with him again someday.
However, based on a new report, it doesn’t seem very likely.
Gronk was hounded by back issues over the course of his career, and according to Sports Illustrated, he was forced to deal with a back injury last year that made him seriously reevaluate his future:
One reason why Gronkowski scuffled through 2018 was a mid-season battle with a bulging disk in his back. By the end of the year, it was no longer a factor. But I’m told that knowing how close he might have been to a fourth back surgery, and the implications that could have down the line, was one factor in his decision to retire.
As a result, anyone who’s hoping to see him back on the football field might be setting themselves up for disappointment (as is anyone who’s hoping to see him in a wrestling ring).
Sure, there’s a chance he could make his grand return, but when you consider he spent close to literally none of his contract money, I’d be shocked if he decided to put his body back on the line when he’s achieved basically everything a player can dream of.