Tbh I really never bought into the "Gronk is going to retire" hype this off season. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't completely ruling it out, but I figured there was like a 15% he'd retire. To me it felt more like a bargaining chip to get more money than him wanting to retire from the NFL. The hashtag makes me wonder if he got some sort of raise or contract extension. Although I do truly believe both him and Brady (I'm sure along with many other guys on the team) are still pissed at Belichick over the Malcolm Butler situation, and could be acting out because of that). Whatever the case may be I'm glad that this nonsense can finally be put to bed. I don't care about any of the off the field shit, all I want is for the Patriots to win so my life and identity have some sort of meaning.
Now we just have to worry about Belichick trading him....
I thought the reaction to his "I'm definitely going to look at my future" comments after a devastating Super Bowl loss [despite a monster effort from him (9 receptions for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns)] were sort of taken out of context.
Of course he's gonna reevaulate his options after the season. I feel like most athletes do that.
At the same time, his actions the last few months did cause my personal panic meter to elevate past "this isn't a big deal" to "maybe somethings up".
If Gronk wanted to retire because of health issues it would fucking suck as a Patriots fan, but I mean you'd understand it. I'd respect that move as much as it would kill me inside. He's missed I believe 25 games due to injury in his career (excluding playoffs). He's had major back, arm, and leg issues. At 28 years old many already consider him the greatest tight end of all time, plus with two rings it's not like he's still chasing a ring like David West. He's made a fair amount of money. I'd understand wanting to have a better quality of life post-football to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
What would've pissed me off is if he retired just to wrestle and make shitty action movies with The Rock (congrats on the pebble). Fuck that dude, you're the best tight end of all time. Add to your legacy and win a couple more rings before Brady starts going full Tony Robbins with the TB12 method. Do that when you're 35. They're gonna suck whenever you make them (have you seen his Dunkin commercials with Big Papi?) might as well wait. If I was Gronk I would hang around in New England until Brady retired, then decide if it's time to hang up the cleats or move to another organization.
As for now Gronk is back for the 2018 season. Brady is too. To quote Tom himself:
Now @patriots please draft some defensive help and a LT and worry about a QB later. Win another ring with this core before father time catches up to TB12/Belichick mysteriously benches another star in the Super Bowl.