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Retired for good? Here’s what Rob Gronkowski has been saying about possibly returning to football.

"If I feel passionate about football again, if I’m feeling I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football."

At a press conference, Rob Gronkowski announced he is becoming an advocate for CBD and will partner with Abacus Health Products, maker of CBDMEDIC. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for CBDMEDIC)

Rob Gronkowski has had a busy week on the media circuit,  and reporters wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t ask the 29-year-old about a possible return to the NFL.

The interviews began last Tuesday when Gronkowski held a press conference announcing his partnership with CBDmedic, a cannabidol company. There, Gronk talked about his future in the NFL, and what it would take to come back.

“I’m just in the first stage right now,” Gronkowski said. “When that time comes down in the future, if I have the desire to play football again, if I feel passionate about football again, if I’m feeling I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football.

“As of right now, that is not the case. It could be the case in six months; it could be the case in two years; it could be the case in three years; it could be the case in three months. But I truly don’t see it in the foreseeable future in like a week or a month.”

Gronkowski then went on to make an appearance on Good Morning America, where he talked about a variety of topics. But Gronk did have this to say about a potential comeback.

“Through my experiences [CBD] has helped out tremendously, along with a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “I’ve been changing up everything, having new energy. I may be back!”

He also made an appearance on ESPN’s The Adam Schefter Podcast, and was asked if Tom Brady giving him a call would make a difference in a possible return.

“No, I wouldn’t say so,” said Gronkowski. “I’m truly enjoying my time off, truly enjoying what I found getting into business. I’ve got a lot of things dropping in the next couple of weeks, with my brothers [and] family. I’m really staying busy with it.”

“If I truly have that desire, like I feel like my name is getting called and there’s a passion inside me and it’s a consistent one, then that’s the time I would entertain coming back.”

While Gronkowski left the door open for a possible return, he also discussed in detail some of the reasons he left and how he is recovering with NBC’s Phillip Mena. 

“No lie, I’ve felt my head,” Gronkowski explained. “I used to have liquid, [my head] used to be thick. My head used to be thicker, like a centimeter of liquid in some spots and I’d feel it and be like, ‘What the heck?’ You could put indents in my head.”

“But now finally I get the right treatments, doing the right things,” Gronkowski continued. “And it keeps your brain active. I truly believe I’m just starting where I’m at. If I already got to here and I was at damage, what if I keep doing it? I could keep going higher and higher and higher. It’s getting addictive in the best way it possibly can, and that’s why I truly believe what I went through, I went through all for a reason. That’s to make myself stronger in the end.”