Tight Finish Rob Gronkowski advised us he nonetheless had ‘love’ and ‘ardour’ for professional soccer earlier than he emerged from retirement to play along with his NE QB Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Bucs squad.
New England Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski had one yr left on his contract when he retired in 2019 after his third and closing Tremendous Bowl win with the group. His physique had taken a lot abuse by way of accidents, however his love of competing and time to rehab has him able to get again within the recreation. He had mentioned he wished the Pats to commerce him to Tampa Bay so he may very well be reunited along with his NE quarterback Tom Brady, 42, within the Sunshine State, and now he has received his want. ESPN’s senior NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on Apr. 21 that New England will commerce Gronk, 30, and a seventh spherical draft decide for a fourth spherical decide, pending a bodily. The NFL later confirmed the commerce information.
MeSlop.com spoke to Rob in Nov. 2019 and we requested him if he was formally retired from soccer or if he was considering a return. He EXCLUSIVELY defined to us, “I might say with myself I’ve to discover a ardour of one thing I like doing, making an attempt new issues on the market as a result of I performed a sport my entire life. Ever since I used to be a child I used to be enjoying soccer and 4 sports activities at a time, and enjoying soccer for fourteen or fifteen years straight.” Rob performed solely for the Patriots throughout his 9 seasons within the NFL.
Rob continued, “So I’ve all the time had that to lean on so discovering a brand new ardour in my life, discovering one thing that conjures up me to get up each morning and on high of that I like to remain busy and I’ve discovered different passions too. However I must discover a work ardour, I really feel like I would like that aggressive edge to compete. I’ve been competing since I used to be two years outdated…I’ve 4 brothers and we had been going at it each single day, didn’t matter what age we had been. Simply having that competitiveness in my life and taking it to the following degree and discovering new methods to compete to deliver my thoughts, to deliver my physique to greater ranges that they’ve by no means been at earlier than!”
Gronk hinted that one thing was up when he appeared on Watch What Occurs Reside with Andy Cohen on Apr. 20. Andy requested him about rumors he was going to come back out of retirement to play with Tom on the Bucs’ 2020-2021 squad. “Andy you wish to know what’s so nice man. The day that I retired, inside 24 hours there have been rumors that I used to be popping out of retirement. I’m feeling good proper now. I’m completely happy the place I’m at and also you simply by no means know man. You by no means know. I’m not completely carried out. I like to remain in form, however I’ve gotta get that feeling again.”
When Schefter introduced the commerce studies, he tweeted that, “Two years in the past the Patriots agreed to commerce Rob Gronkowski to the Lions, however Gronk knowledgeable them he’d go for retirement over enjoying with a QB apart from Tom Brady. Now after a yr of retirement, Gronk hoping for a pre-draft commerce to reunite along with his former QB.” He then added, “Tampa Bay was the one place that Rob Gronkowski wished it was prepared to play, per league supply. So if Gronkowski passes his bodily, he’ll get his want.” Two minutes after that he tweeted, “And additional affirmation from Rob Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who texted ESPN: ‘Pending the bodily, Rob has agreed to play for Tampa this season. He’ll honor his present contract right now.’” Throughout the hour, the NFL confirmed the commerce.