New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski may only be 28 years old, but he just suffered a concussion and has had three back surgeries in his football career. That’s on top of a torn ACL and broken arm, among other injuries, that have limited him over his first eight NFL seasons.

At this point, it wouldn’t be much of a shock if Gronkowski retired early. But in his prime? It’s apparently a possibility. And after the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Gronk did nothing to dispel it.

Amid rumors that the Super Bowl may be his last game as an NFL player, Gronkowski was asked if he’d be back for the 2018 season.

“I don’t know how you heard that, but I mean I’m definitely gonna look at my future for sure,” Gronkowski said. “Sit down the next couple weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski is clearly still at the top of his game. He finished Super Bowl LII with nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

Obviously, Gronk has one of the most marketable personalities in sports. He’s not necessarily dependent on football to make a living into his 30s and beyond. So speculation about his possible early retirement could permeate the Patriots’ offseason for as long as he’s not definitively back on the field.

The coming offseason will bring plenty of uncertainty and yet-to-be-answered questions. Add Gronkowski to the list.

— By Matt Dolloff,

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at