“I’m Still Playing” – Rob Gronkowski Opens Up on Decision to Come Out of Retirement

Published 08/19/2021, 2:29 PM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


NFC South franchise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were the surprise package from the 2020 NFL season. They brought in some big names in the offseason in the form of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and even Leonard Fournette.

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The Bruce Arians-coached franchise started the season with a dismal display against divisional rivals, New Orleans Saints. But they slowly gained momentum midway through the season as they qualified for the playoffs. The Bucs went on to defeat Washington Football Team, New Orleans and the Green Bay Packers en route to the Super Bowl LV finale.

Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (left) celebrates after tight end Rob Gronkowski (center) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As fate would have, Tom Brady led the Bucs to their second-ever Lombardi Trophy. The veteran quarterback connected with Gronkowski and Antonio Brown in front of home fans at the Raymond James Stadium in Florida to down Kansas City Chiefs by a comprehensive 9-31 scoreline.

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Rob Gronkowski eyeing second consecutive Super Bowl win with the Buccaneers

Speaking to the media earlier this week, former New England Patriots man Rob Gronkowski opened up on his decision to return from retirement and feature for the Buccaneers.

“It was a great decision and I’m definitely glad I’m still playing. It’s a grind at times, but overall it always pays off.”

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“I’ve been here all offseason and now for camp, and I feel like I’m doing a lot better this year for sure. Conditioning wise, coming off a year and not playing, and then heading into a camp like this, it’s hard work. . . . It’s night and day from where I was last year in training camp to where I am now,” Gronkowski said via ProFootballTalk.

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski celebrates scoring their first touchdown with Tom Brady REUTERS/Eve Edelheit

If rumours are to be believed, then it was 7-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady who convinced Gronk to come back and play in the NFL. On 45 receptions, Gronkowski had 623 receiving yards and 7 receiving TDs last season.

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He will look to build on that display when the 2021 season kicks off in September. The Bucs take on NFC East franchise Dallas Cowboys in the opening game of the season.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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