New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has put an end to the speculations that he will retire this season. The 28-year-old reportedly met with Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday and confirmed he will return to the team for 2018 season.
“It was very positive, and Rob is committed,” – player’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Gronkowski also confirmed his decision via Instagram post.
“I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats.” – Gronk wrote. “I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.“
Rob Gronkowski teased his retirement after Super Bowl LII loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, saying that he will take some time and think about his future in the offseason.
“I don’t know how you heard that, but I mean, I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure,” – said Gronkowski at the time. “I’m going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and
see where I’m at.”
One of the reasons Gronk considered retirement at such a young age were concerns about his health. During his professional career, he had three back surgeries as well as procedures on his knee and forearm. His last back surgery came in 2016 when he was limited to playing only eight games in the season. In 2017 regular season he missed two games, one due to a thigh injury and one because of suspension, but still managed to lead the Patriots with 69receptions, which counted for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.
During his time with the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski won two Super Bowls (XLIX, LI), earned five First-team All-Pro honors and five Pro Bowl selections. He also received NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2014 and was NFL receiving touchdowns leader in 2011.