Rob Gronkowski decided to call it quits last offseason, after a wonderful tenure with the New England Patriots that made him one of the top-rated tight ends in the league. However, he had suffered too many injuries during his career that made playing each week a lot more difficult for him.
Gronkowski was in retirement for only a year before he came back after no indications about it at all. He demanded a trade from the Patriots that got him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady’s new team. Was this a set-up or was it a decision that Gronk made spontaneously? In a recent interview, he spoke about this and said:
“No, no that actually was really never the case. As a player, you always want to see what it’s like somewhere else. thought of that before definitely after playing nine years in the NFL and also thought about it when I came out of retirement. …I loved my time in New England, no doubt about it. But it was another opportunity that presented. But no, we never really ever talked about that before. It kind of just happened. my retirement and him hitting free agency, it kind of just lined up like that.”
In another interview he also spoke about this and said:
“Tom is like the appetizer of the whole meal. He got me hooked when he went down to Tampa, I saw what was down there. Just the opportunity to go down there and play with that type of offense. They got some special wide receivers out there, they got other great tight ends — and let me tell you, I love working with tight ends too so I’m definitely looking forward to that — working with O.J. and Cam. Definitely going to be a special opportunity.”
How amazing! We can’t wait to see him back on the field.