The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski announced on Sunday in an Instagram post that after nine seasons in the NFL, he was retiring from football.
Much speculation has occurred over the years about the Patriots tight end calling it quits or not due to the amount of injuries he piled up over the course of his career. But according to sources, it was still a shock to Coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft that Gronk was hanging up his cleats.
Known for his partying and acts of hilarity on and off the field, Gronk was one of the most likable players in the game and is sure to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In addition, his final catch of his career set up the lone touchdown of Super Bowl LIII.
Former and current Patriots weighed in on Gronk’s retirement including the GOAT himself Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and linebacker great Willie McGinest.
“I think Gronk is going to take a break for a while. I don’t think he’s going to initially start off and come back. This is just my own assessment. Later on, deep in the season, he could come back,’’ McGinest said. “He’s going to let his body heal up and I think, mentally, he’s not football right now. He’s not ready to put on the pads and play football.’’
At only 29 years old with a vibrant personality and the body of The Incredible Hulk, naturally fans are speculating what Gronk will do next with his newly discovered free time.
We have some ideas…
Predictions on social media seem to lean toward Gronkowski stepping into the squared circle and starting a WWE career. It all stems from his appearance at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando when he helped his friend Mojo Rawley win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal by delivering a thunderous shoulder block to Jinder Mahal.
Injury-riddled seasons have taken a toll on Gronk’s body so how he would be able to endure the bumps and the grind of a WWE Superstar schedule is beyond me. He has the charisma for it but landing on your back every night and traveling from town-to-town would further damage his body.
What needs to happen is very clear. Three words that will set the football world on fire; Gronk goes Hollywood! A movie career is perfect for the tight end. He will be less like Brian Bosworth and more like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who nails both the action and comedy aspects of his movies. Gronk can do the same.
It will be A Gronking to Remember.