April 23 (UPI) — Star tight finish Rob Gronkowski mentioned he considered a reunion with Tom Brady on other NFL teams earlier than he joined his former New England Patriots teammate on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster.
Gronkowski spoke about his hiatus from soccer throughout a information convention Wednesday.
The Patriots have been among the many teams Gronkowski considered earlier than Brady opted to go away the franchise and signal elsewhere as a free agent. Tampa Bay acquired Gronkowski and a seventh-round NFL Draft choose Tuesday in a commerce from the Patriots in change for a fourth-round choose.
Gronkowski took an NFL hiatus after the 2018-2019 season with the Patriots. He departed from soccer after profitable his third Tremendous Bowl. He cited quite a few accidents and ongoing ache he sustained throughout his embellished tenure among the many causes he stepped away. He by no means formally filed for retirement via the league workplace, however was positioned on the Patriots’ reserved/retired checklist.
The long run Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer mentioned he obtained a number of presents to return to soccer within the final 12 months. He mentioned he did not need to return till he felt wholesome and “able to go.”
Gronkowski and Brady have been teammates for 9 seasons. The veteran tight finish mentioned his need to play soccer returned this low season. Gronkowski took at the very least a month off to relaxation his physique after he left the Patriots earlier than he resumed exercises.
Brady and Gronkowski labored out collectively two months in the past and threw passes to every other earlier than Brady signed with the Buccaneers. Gronkowski instructed Brady he needed to come back again in the course of the session.
“I instructed him I am sort of getting that fireside beneath me once more,” Gronkowski mentioned. “[I said] ‘I am positively within the resolution that you just make. If there may be the best alternative on the market and also you go someplace … even if you happen to return to the Patriots, there’s a likelihood I might like to reconnect.’ That is the place the dialog began.”
Gronkowski mentioned Brady was “juiced up” when he heard Gronkowski needed to return to the NFL. The veteran tight finish additionally mentioned he would have “positively checked out” the chance to return to New England.
“Enjoying with Tom is particular,” Gronkowski mentioned. “He is without doubt one of the best quarterbacks of all time. To construct a connection with a quarterback is one thing particular.
“Now we have an excellent chemistry on the market. Each time we get collectively it is identical to the outdated days.”
Gronkowski mentioned he at present weighs 250 kilos. The 6-foot-6 go catcher is listed at 286 kilos on Professional Soccer Reference. He mentioned will probably be straightforward to push his weight up 10 or 15 kilos if he must.
“Tom is just like the appetizer of the entire meal. He bought me hooked when he went to Tampa,” Gronkowski mentioned.
The 30-year-old playmaker had 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 video games in 2018 for the Patriots.