Soon after the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski decided to hang up his cleats seemingly for good. Even still, rumors persisted over the course of the year that Gronk would return, even owner Robert Kraft stated he didn’t officially file his retirement paperwork as of yet.
Well, Tom Brady left the team to sign with the Tampa Bay Bucs and everything changed. Brady reportedly convinced him to come out of retirement and Gronk saw himself being traded to play alongside his friend.
“It just happened to be the right opportunity, I feel like, down in Tampa,” said Gronkowski. “Yes, Tom is like the appetizer of the whole meal. He got me hooked when he went down to Tampa. I saw what was down there, just the opportunity to go down there and play with that type of offense.”
Gronk then spoke about his time in New England , and even though he cherished it, it did not come easy to play for that franchise.
“You know, coach says it all the time, man,” Gronkowski replied. “He always says it that it’s not an easy place to play. I’m very thankful for the nine years I had with the New England Patriots. Hands down, I learned so much under that organization. I’ve learned so much football from the best coach, hands down. That will not change, the best coach in all of football, coach Belichick. I’ve learned more football than I ever have in my whole entire life under coach Belichick and just learning so much under just the organization of Mr. Kraft, too. There’s two guys I looked up to and will always look up to. They’re the ones who drafted me and gave me my first opportunities ever in the NFL, and I’m very thankful for those opportunities.
“And I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the easiest organization to play for,” Gronk continued. “And I’ve also never played for another organization. I haven’t even been down to Tampa yet, so I’m not even sure what to expect. But I know that the New England Patriots, hands down, it is not the easiest place to play, but it gets you right. It gets you mentally right. It gets you physically right. What I’ve learned there I’m definitely going to take it with me with my future and whatever I have present to this day I’m definitely gonna take what I’ve learned in the New England Patriots organization under the coach Belichick Mr. Kraft and everyone there and apply it to to my daily life big time.”
H/T – Bro Bible