Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made headlines in June with his announcement that he was retiring from football. This is the second time that Gronk has retired, the first being after the 2018 season that saw him play a key role in the Patriots 6th Super Bowl title.
Almost immediately, rumors swirled that Gronk would likely return to the Bucs if Tom Brady asked him to. Even his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, added fuel to that fire, stating:
“It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.’”
With opinions flying about his potential return to the NFL, Gronk wanted to set the record straight himself. Speaking with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Gronk emphasized:
“I’m done with football. Love the game and definitely blessed with all the opportunities the game of football has given me…But, done with football and stepping my feet into the business world.”
The “unretirement” talk was fun while it lasted. Still, if you don’t believe Gronk, you can put your money where your mouth is. According to OddsChecker, Vegas has Gronk returning to the NFL at +135 odds, meaning that they find it slightly unlikely that he’ll come out of retirement this time around.
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