Rob Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in NFL history. And as far as TEs go, he holds the record for the most touchdowns scored from the position in a single season.
Gronk retired in early 2022, leaving the game with four Super Bowl wins to his name. But there were rumors he could return at some point last season – and he has previously admitted he was tempted.
The 34-year-old recently revealed what it would take to get him to come back.
Speaking to Kay Adams on her ‘Up & Adams’ show, the former Patriots and Buccaneers star said he will only return if someone breaks his touchdown record.
Asked whether he’s worried about someone surpassing the 17 TDs he scored in 2011, he said he wasn’t but would come back if he’s ever usurped.
“No. But if someone beats it, I’m coming back to football,” he said.
“That’s the only way I will come back to the NFL is if someone beats my touchdown record,” Gronkowski said. “Because that record is mine. You can take the receiving record, you can take as many touchdowns in three games, or two games or a one-game record. That touchdown record by a tight end is my record. I’m proud of it. I love it. And if someone beats it I have to come back and try to reclaim it.”
As noted above, Gronk set the record with the Pats 12 years ago. He caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards that season, earning the first of his four All-Pro selections. His contributions helped get the team to the Super Bowl, but they would fall to the New York Giants at the final hurdle.
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