Following the New England Patriots heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52, tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters he was "definitely going to look at his future," which seemingly hinted at possible retirement.
That may be hard for some fans to believe, given that he's only 28 years of age, under contract for two years and hasn't showed any signs of slowing down - despite all the injuries that have mounted on his body.
But according to Bill Burt from the Eagle-Tribune, Gronkowski is actually "considering retirement to pursue a career in acting, according to a source." Gronk reportedly informed some of his friends "that the injuries have taken a toll on him."
That wouldn't be so hard to believe. Gronk doesn't turn 29 until May, but he's already had a high ankle sprain, torn ACL, two broken forearms, a pair of concussions and a herniated disc in his back. Other knee injuries have caused Gronk to miss a handful of games over the past three years.
Gronkowski already has two Super Bowl rings and more than enough money to get by for life. He has nothing else to play for, and would have absolutely zero issues breaking into the Hollywood business.
One of the most lovable and hilarious sports personalities out there, Gronk already has some experience in the movie and film industry. He appeared as himself in Entourage and had a brief role in the 2017 movie, American Violence. Gronkowski also voiced himself in an episode of Family Guy.
The extremely horrifying results and data from CTE results have caused a large number of youth football players and NFLers to retire early. It's very possible that Gronkowski opts to play it safe and retire from football. He'd still excel as a wealthy, lovable and powerful celebrity on the red carpet.
Perhaps Gronkowski will soon give an update on what his plans for 2018 and beyond are.