Rob Gronkowski, perhaps the greatest tight end in NFL history, retired once already. Weeks after Super Bowl LIII, in which the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams, Gronk called it quits.
The 32-year old has been tied to Tom Brady throughout his career, after becoming Brady’s favorite target during his Patriots career. After sitting out for a season, he returned to the NFL to join his quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Once again, they ran to the Super Bowl, blowing out the Kansas City Chiefs. He caught a pair of touchdowns in Super Bowl LV.
On Thursday night, both former Patriots picked right up where they left off. Gronk caught eight passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in a tight 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The move to Tampa Bay has rejuvenated both players, and while Brady is well into his 40s, he hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. Chris Gronkowski, Rob’s brother, says that he thinks both players will retire at the same time.
Chris Gronkowski tells TMZ Sports he’s sure his brother, Rob Gronkowski, will retire when Tom Brady does. https://t.co/Xv4uA45zZ6
— TMZ (@TMZ) September 11, 2021
“Whatever Tom has left, I think that’s what Rob has left as well,” Chris Gronkowski told TMZ.
“I just can’t see him playing with another quarterback,” Chris tells us. “It’s tough to get that chemistry. It’s tough to win once you lose that QB.”
While that certainly hasn’t been articulated by Rob Gronkowski, most probably figured this was a possibility. A 44, Tom Brady is still cruising, so we may get a few more seasons of Gronk catching touchdown passes from the legend.
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