Rob Gronkowski is still apparently mulling retirement from football. But his ultimate intentions remain a huge mystery, and his agents aren’t going to shed any light on it.
Drew and Jason Rosenhaus were asked on Wednesday at the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis about Gronkowski’s potential decision to retire from the Patriots and pursue a different career, perhaps as a pro wrestler for WWE. Not that they were going to give a concrete answer on that, but they declined to give any kind of answer at all.
“We’re not going to talk about that. That’s personal,” the agents said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Howe added that Gronkowski plans to talk about his future with his teammates as well, and that they may try to convince him to stay for at least the 2018 season. But former Patriots receiver Donte Stallworth disagreed with that idea on Twitter.
I’m not so sure his teammates will try to convince him to come back for the 2018 season. Players understand the grind of a long NFL season and especially for Gronk and what his body has endured during his time in the league. https://t.co/eSSm6hTxU9— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) February 28, 2018
Of course they’d love to have him back but I just don’t see anyone, teammate or friend, trying to convince someone who has been through multiple season-ending injuries to come back for another long grueling season for their/team’s personal benefit.— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) February 28, 2018
Ultimately, Gronk could decide that the physical toll that football has taken on him is too much to deal with anymore. And if he does decide to retire because of that, his teammates won’t necessarily try to convince him otherwise.
Gronkowski would undoubtedly have a future as a part-time WWE star. He’d almost have to be part-time, as the grind isn’t exactly a whole lot better for full-time wrestlers than it is for football players – especially if concussions and back problems are Gronk’s long-term concerns.
But at the end of the day, these are personal decisions for the tight end. And we’re no closer to learning the truth than we’ve been since the Super Bowl.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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