- Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL at the end of the 2019 season.
- Gronkowski, 30, has been in rumors to return basically since the moment he left.
- Currently, Gronkowski is suspected to be on the reality TV show, The Masked Singer.
MIAMI – Rob Gronkowski has forced many people to ask the question: “Is it possible to get tired of partying?”
Gronkowski’s enthusiasm for football has been infectious throughout his career, and his enthusiasm for his new role as partier-at-large seems to be infectious as well.
Indeed, famous curmudgeon Bill Belichick was seen at Gronk’s Gronk Beach party wearing the least Belichick-y outfit anyone can remember.
Bill Belichick (wearing one of his Super Bowl Rings), at Gronk’s beach party.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) February 1, 2020
As far as the gridiron goes, Gronkowski, who is probably the best tight end to ever play the game of football, retired after last season, and has routinely been involved in rumors of a return to the NFL.
He is still of playing age, at 30 years old, and it is not inconceivable that the lovable partier trades in his hat and sunglasses for an NFL jersey once more.
Right now, the sportsbooks have placed the odds at -500 that Gronk does not take the field in week 1 of the 2020 NFL season, but if a yes bet cashes, it will do so at +300 odds.
The first argument against why Gronkowski would return is that he is clearly enjoying his role as a football analyst for Fox Sports/general celebrity. I mean, who wouldn’t?
It’s an enviable lifestyle to have, and one that he earned by being one of the greatest players ever with one of the most enjoyable and infectious personalities in the game of football. So why would anyone give all that up?
The second argument against a possible return is, to put it in Gronkowski’s own words, courtesy of NBC Sports Boston: “To tell you the truth, just try and imagine getting hit all the time and trying to be where you want to be every day in life. It’s tough, it’s difficult. To take hits to the thigh, take hits to your head. Abusing your body isn’t what your brain wants. When your body is abused, it can bring down your mood.”
Injuries can be a serious issue, and Gronkowski has been open about how his injury problems affected his mental health and quality of life. Retirement seems like a decision that is difficult to go back on.
And yet, some do. Fellow tight end Jason Witten recently un-retired after a year spent doing Monday Night Football on ESPN, and returned to the gridiron to battle once more. It’s not impossible that Gronkowski does the same, especially if it’s for a Super Bowl contender.
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