Pro Bowl TE Rob Gronkowski Reveals Why He Joined Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski with Patriots in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9065478cs)

Five-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised the NFL last month when he decided to come out of retirement and join Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many people thought that Gronkowski wanted to team up with former New England Patriots’ teammate Tom Brady, but it turns out this wasn’t the main reason behind his decision.

Gronkowski recently made an appearance on the “The Ellen Show” and admitted that playing with Brady added to the appeal of dressing up for Buccaneers. However, the 31-year-old added that the biggest factor for him was the fact that his mother lives close to Tampa Bay and will be able to see him play.  

“The main reason why I came down to Tampa to play is because my mother live two hours away,” Gronkowski told the host Ellen DeGeneres. “She can get to all the games, all eight of our home games. Whenever I have days off, she’s two hours down the street and I get to see her. So she’s super excited.”

You can check out Gronkowski’s full interview on The Ellen Show below.

After a highly successful nine years in NFL, during which he won three Super Bowl rings with Patriots, Rob Gronkowski shockingly announced he is retiring from football after the 2018 NFL season. At the time, Gronkowski said that the injuries took a toll on his body and went on to work as an NFL analyst and made appearances on WWE among other ventures.

However, Gronkowski’s break ended up lasting only one season, as he un-retired in April and was immediately traded to Buccs by New England for a fourth-round pick. Reportedly, Gronk was only willing to play with Brady in Tampa and would stay away from football if Pats wouldn’t honor his request.