After a highly entertaining Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, the football world got what could be potentially terrible news. Tight end Rob Gronkowski might have just played his final game.
There were a number of post-game interviews, but none stood out as much Gronkowski’s, who refused to squash rumors that he might call it a career after his Patriots came up just a touch short in a 41-33 loss. Only 28 years old, Gronkowski suffered a series of injuries in an otherwise stellar career and was asked about his future. He’s struggled with injuries to his back, left forearm and right knee and most recently dealt with a concussion suffered in the AFC Championship game. As a result, he would not commit to playing in the 2018 campaign.
Rob Gronkowski was asked about his playing future following Super Bowl LII and he did not deny retirement rumors. pic.twitter.com/7tl72uCNlq
— NESN (@NESN) February 5, 2018
During the interview, he repeatedly said he was not prepared to answer questions about his retirement, but he would take some time to relax, figure out his next move, and go from there. “I don’t know how you heard that. 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.”
If this was Gronkowski’s last game, he went out in style with nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Gronkowski has already established himself as one of the best tight ends in NFL history. A five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, and two-time Super Bowl champion, his game against the Eagles was another to remember as he caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He almost didn’t play in the game but was medically cleared just prior. The Patriots were lucky to have him as he is clearly the most dominant tight end of his generation.
The team would miss him, but are hoping to hear about his decision sooner than later. If he were to not return, the Patriots would need to make plans to replace his production. The Patriots might look to the draft or free agency, but the team has a history of finding good players despite what looks to be significant losses.
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