Rob Gronkowski has emphatically stated that he is done playing football and not even Tom Brady calling him would lure him back into the NFL.
Even with his statement, there continues to be the talk of him coming out of retirement at some point for the second time. Appearing on Good Morning Football, former Patriots star Logan Ryan said that he “wouldn’t close the door” on Gronkowski’s career just yet.
“I wouldn’t close the door, but I definitely think that he’s at peace with his career,” Ryan said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s a Hall of Famer and arguably the greatest tight end of all time. I’ve been with him, I’ve seen what he’s played through and his body has been beat up through the years.
He definitely leaves it all out there. So, I’m not one to speak on it because I put a long soliloquy of a tweet out — all 140 characters — when Tom retired. And then he unretired on me. So, I didn’t put a long tweet out for Gronk.
Ryan then pointed out how some players have taken breaks and then came back.
“You never know, players are taking ownership nowadays and reporting their own news. They’re taking breaks, they’re taking hiatuses and coming back to the sport. And you’re allowed to do that. Either way, I’m proud of Gronk. I’m happy for Gronk. He’s definitely the greatest tight end that I’ve ever played with.”
Rob Gronkowski and Logan Ryan were teammates from 2013 to 2016, during which they won two Super Bowls together.
Gronk first hung up his cleats after winning a third Super Bowl in 2018. He would soon come back in 2020 to reunite with Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he won a fourth.
If he’s truly done, he has had one hell of a career. Gronkowski was a five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, the 2014 comeback player of the year, and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team for the 2010s.
For his career, Gronkowski appeared in 143 games over 11 seasons with the Patriots and Buccaneers. He recorded 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns.