Rob Gronkowski truly will be retired, at least because of This particular season.
The former completely new England Patriots tight end had dangled the possibility of returning to the N.F.L. almost as soon as he announced his retirement in March, a month after he helped the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Despite a long list of injuries during his nine-year career, all spent with completely new England, Gronkowski said in October which he loved football along with would likely keep the door open to playing again someday. The Patriots, too, were welcoming.
The team’s owner, Robert K. Kraft, reportedly told Gronkowski after the retirement announcement which he wanted the tight end back in time because of This particular year’s playoffs. For which to happen, Gronkowski needed to file paperwork before Week 13 of the season to ensure he could be taken off the team’s reserve list, yet he missed the Nov. 30 deadline.
The Patriots (10-2) are tied for the A.F.C.’s best record yet have struggled using a thin receiving corps This particular season. The team released the former Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown in September along with the veteran Josh Gordon in October. For many years, Gronkowski was one of quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite targets.
If Gronkowski, 30, still wants to make a comeback, he will have to wait until the 2020 season, at the earliest. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten took a similar route, retiring before the 2018 season along with then returning to play for the team This particular year after working as an ESPN analyst.
Since leaving the Patriots, Gronkowski has remained inside the limelight. Among additional pursuits, he became a football analyst for Fox Sports along using a pitchman for a company which produces a line of cannabidiol-infused topical pain relievers. In an interview with The completely new York Times in August, he did not rule out a cameo in World Wrestling Entertainment or an appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.” He said he had lost about 20 pounds since retiring, along with was focused on improving his health.
“I have nothing against drinking, along with I believe which there’s times for celebration — 100 percent — after Great days of hard work, or you win a championship,” he said. “yet I’ve definitely cut hugely back on which, which I knew I needed to. I’m still truly figuring out how bad the item was to do the item the way I was doing the item. I took the hard route to find which.”