After the loss of Sunday’s divisional round playoff match to the Los Angeles Rams, Tom Brady has been the subject of much discussion. It’s possible that Brady’s old friend and Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski might retire. Gronkowski discussed with reporters Monday whether he will still be part of the team next year.
“I’m really going to basically do what’s best for myself in terms of the football world,” Gronkowski, per CBS Sports “It’s going to be a decision based upon of where I’m at in a couple weeks.”Gronkowski enjoyed a productive 2021 season, despite missing five games through injury. Gronkowski (32), caught 55 passes, totalling 802 yards, and six touchdowns. It was his best season in 2017 when he caught 69 passes, 1,084 yards, and eight touchdowns with the New England Patriots.
Gronkowski won’t call it a career if Brady retires, even though he only caught passes from Brady during his career. “There could be a scenario like that,”Gronkowski stated that he would play with another quarterback. “I’ll never throw anything off the board.”Gronkowski was absent for a year in 2019, before returning to the NFL in 2020. He was traded to the Buccaneers shortly after Brady signed a contract with the team. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002 thanks to Brady and Gronkowski.
“It’s been an unbelievable ride. There’s no doubt about it,”Gronkowski stated. “My decision for coming back was definitely solidified being here. I was very happy to come back and play football. Just being a part of this organization from [the front office], to all of my teammates here, I have much love for everyone in this organization. Last year, we won the Super Bowl – which is unbelievable.”
Gronkowski continued: “It’s unfortunate with how everything went yesterday, but it was still a very successful season, no doubt about that. To win the Super Bowl last season and get back in the playoffs this year, it’s hard. It’s a game of football. It’s hard to win. It’s hard to win one Super Bowl, so it’s hard to even go to the playoffs.”