Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t commit to returning to play in 2018

Rob Gronkowski sits in the end zone after a Hail Mary pass from Tom Brady fell incomplete.

Following New England’s Super Bowl LII loss, Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t give a firm indication about what his plans are for the upcoming season.

“Gronk, there was a report before the game that you could potentially retire, was there any accuracy to that?” a reporter asked during the Patriots’ postgame press conferences.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” he responded. “But I mean I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure, sit down in the next couple weeks, and see where I’m at.”

Physical health has been an ongoing concern for the tight end, who has battled a number of injuries throughout his eight-year career. With exception to his concussion from the AFC Championship game, the 28-year-old stayed relatively healthy this year — logging 1000-plus receiving yards and eight touchdowns.


When asked what it would take for him to retire, Gronkowski said he’s “not ready for these types of questions right now.”

“I’m just going to sit down, reflect on the season, and probably talk to my teammates,” he said. “We fought all year long, all the receivers, running backs, lineman. We put all the work in together, so I’m just going to reflect on the season. Proud of the boys, we’ll see what happens.”

The two-time Super Bowl champion would neither confirm nor deny that the thought of retirement has previously crossed his mind. Based on his responses, it seems as though Gronkowski’s status will remain uncertain in the immediate future.

“We just lost, so I just wanna sit back, relax the next couple of weeks,” he said. “I really got nothing to say about that right now.”

Must-see photos from Super Bowl LII:

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