Tight end Rob Gronkowski and quarterback Tom Brady have ultimately become one of the top duos in NFL history, especially in the postseason. After Rob Gronkowski chose to retire in 2019, he then came back and helped Brady win a Super Bowl on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. So, since he was just recently retired about a year ago, what’s in store for Gronkowski in the NFL? He recently revealed some significant news about his future in the league.
Rob Gronkowski helped Tom Brady and the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl
After winning a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2018, Rob Gronkowski retired and didn’t play in 2019.
Brady and the Patriots ended up having a disappointing season that year, too. They ultimately lost to the Tennessee Titans in the wild-card round. However, for the first time in his career, Tom Brady played for a different team in 2020 as he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This led to Rob Gronkowski choosing to unretire and also play for the Buccaneers in 2020.
It ultimately proved to be a great decision. Gronkowski caught 45 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020, but he really came on strong toward the end of the season. Gronkowski gained nearly half of those 623 receiving yards and four of those seven touchdowns from Week 10 to 17.
Then, after only catching two passes through the Buccaneers’ first three playoff games, the legendary tight end came up big in the Super Bowl. Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns, which helped him and Tom Brady break the record for most playoff touchdown connections between two teammates. The Buccaneers ended up upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, 31-9.
So, what’s next for Gronkowski?
He revealed some big news about his NFL future
So, after winning his fourth Super Bowl, is Rob Gronkowski going to ride off into the sunset and retire?
Not a chance.
“I’m back, man,” Gronkowski said to TMZ. “… I will be back playing football, man, I love the game of football. I loved playing last year, I had a great time; won it all. Even if we didn’t win it all, I’ll tell you this, I was coming back to play football again this year because I had a blast last year.”
That’s probably going to make Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans very excited. In fact, Gronkowski has even started training already.
“Let me tell you, I was a little bit sore first day of training, but it bounced back like that,” he said, per TMZ. “I’m feeling good.”
Rob Gronkowski will technically be a free agent this offseason, but he seems like a guy that is ready to return to the Buccaneers so that he can play with Tom Brady.
No matter what Gronkowski accomplishes in 2021, though, he is already one of the greatest tight ends of all-time.
Rob Gronkowski is an NFL GOAT at the tight end position
Rob Gronkowski has not only become a GOAT with the Patriots and Buccaneers because of the four Super Bowls he has won, but he has also put up some incredible numbers.
Gronkowski has gained over 1,000 receiving yards in four different seasons in his career. Additionally, in 2011, Gronkowski even recorded 1,327 receiving yards and led the NFL in touchdown catches with 17.
Overall in his career, Gronkowski has earned five Pro Bowl and four First-Team All-Pro selections. He is also sixth all-time among tight ends in career receiving yards with 8,484, according to StatMuse. His 86 touchdown catches are also third all-time among tight ends.
Rob Gronkowski has become an NFL GOAT with Tom Brady on the Patriots and Buccaneers, and his decision to not retire this year will just help him continue to add to his impressive resume.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference