You probably haven’t seen the last of Rob Gronkowski.
After catching two touchdown passes in his fourth Super Bowl victory on Sunday, the 31-year-old tight end told reporters that he plans to return to the NFL in 2021—and it sounds like he will remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, even though he is a free agent for the first time in his career.
“Yeah, I’ll remain unretired,” he said in his postgame press conference. “I’m a free agent. It’s the first time in my career that I’m a free agent. I signed basically like an eight-year contract and basically played it all out. Signed that when I was 22 years old. And it’s just pretty incredible to play out a contract like that, with a retirement in between. That’s surreal. But I definitely see myself coming back, just the guys around here, the players around here, the coaches, the people in the front office, they’re all just great people. I loved working with them all year long. So, obviously going to soak this in and see where I’m at in a couple weeks, but I don’t see why not. I don’t see why I won’t be back.”
Tom Brady already announced he is returning in 2021 and Gronk played well and stayed healthy in the 2020 season, catching 53 passes for 723 yards and nine touchdowns across Tampa Bay’s 20 games. 2020 marked the first time Gronk appeared in all 16 regular season games since 2011, his second year in the NFL.
The former Arizona Wildcat retired after the 2019 season after battling a bunch of injuries throughout his career, but unretired to join Brady and the Bucs after spending his first nine seasons with Brady on the New England Patriots. Clearly coming back was the right decision.