“Tommy Really Needs You”: Rob Gronkowski Solemnly Begged To End Retirement and Help Tom Brady As Top Bucs Receiver Carted Off With Head Injury

Published 10/17/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a 20-18 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Todd Bowles and Co. received a major setback during the defeat. Their tight end, Cameron Brate, was stretchered off the field with a head injury. His absence became a crucial issue as the Bucs fumbled against a motivated Steelers. Brate could miss some games with a possible concussion. His absence has initiated a need to call back the retired star, Rob Gronkowski, say analysts. 

The loss against the Steelers, who had an off-season, did not sit well with the Bucs supporters. They lack a powerful force in the offense, believe fans, and analysts. Meanwhile, NFL analyst Skip Bayless had a suggestion for Gronk, a former teammate of Tom Brady. 


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Bayless urged the 33-year-old to help the Bucs by making an un-retirement. 

Why Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are rated highly?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired Gronk in 2020. The star recorded 45 catches, seven receiving touchdowns, and 623 receiving yards in that season. The NFL great started in all 16 games for the Bucs. His major contribution came in the Super Bowl LV win over the Chiefs. The experienced campaigner recorded receptions for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that winning effort. 

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At present, the Bucs are struggling with the offense. Injuries and lack of form have affected the team. Tom Brady spoke about the challenge in the post-game presser. Gronk has retired two times from the NFL. The latest one came four months ago. However, it is unlikely to see the star take up the crucial job for his ex-teammate. The 33-year-old played in the NFL for 11 seasons.


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Gronk has got a new role

The former Buccaneers tight end has joined Fox as an analyst for its NFL shows this season. He confirmed the decision in a Tweet on Saturday night. Gronk previously served as an analyst in 2019. This was after serving nine seasons with the Patriots.

Tom Brady’s Former Teammate Rob Gronkowski Returns to Football Months After Rigid Retirement


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The superstar has got some years of football left. However, he is happy to analyze the game and follow it, instead of being its playing part. The five-time Pro Bowler will hope to entertain the fans with some unique insights and stories from his playing days. 

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Nidheesh Kumar


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Nidheesh Kumar is an NFL writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Masters in Communication from the University of Hyderabad and was previously a sports journalist with Telangana Today. An avid enthusiast, Nidheesh is a loyal fan of writing and conversations revolving anything remotely around sports.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial