After the New England Patriots celebrated a victory in Super Bowl LIII, their tight end Rob Gronkowski announced that he decided to retire from the game of football.
For the first time in years, Gronkowski has a lot more free time on his hands and he has decided to put it to foot use. He recently visited an 11-year old superfan in New York as part of the Make-A-Wish foundation. The famous tight end traveled to Albany Medical Center to meet John Hoague-Rivette, who has a brain tumor.
In the Patriots-themed hospital room, Josh has a Gronkowski jersey because he is John’s favorite player. Because his condition is very serious, the visit was coordinated by Make-A-Wish Northeast New York with assistance from Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island in partnership with the Patriots. John was over the moon when Gronkowski showed up in his room, and family members said they were grateful his dream could come true on such short notice. The mother told reporters:
“There are not enough thank yous in the world I can give for seeing John smile today.”
Even though this all has been amazing, there are still fans who hope that Gronkowski will trade the free time to go back and play another season with the Patriots. He recently shut down the rumors about his comeback but spoke about his love for the team he spent his entire NFL career with:
“I love the New England community. They’re something special. All the support [during] many, many years of playing. The support, not even on the field, but off the field, too. New England will always be special. It will always have a big part in my heart and always have much love. All the people around in the New England area and around here at Gillette today, just the support and love that they show is always something special. That’s why it is great to continue this and continue the relationships and keep giving back and have a lot of grace with it all.”
Gronkowski just made one kid the happiest he has been in a while!