New England Patriots

Oct 14, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski is enjoying retirement to the fullest.

You would, too, if you put yourself through the hell Gronkowski did over the course of a nine-year demolition derby of a career.

Yet, for many, it seems impossible to believe that the 30-year-old is truly retired, and that it’s not only a matter of time before Gronkowski gets bored with doing anything but catching passes from Tom Brady and comes back for a half-season run with the Patriots. We’ve all found ourselves thinking about it every now and then despite knowing all about Gronkowski’s laundry list of life-altering injuries sustained throughout his playing career.

But Gronkowski, in town for theĀ One Mission Buzz Off for Kids at Gillette Stadium, is doing his part to put those rumors to bed.

“Whatever I say, it doesn’t matter. It will always be crazy out there, but you can put them to rest,” Gronkowski told reporters. “I’m feeling good. [In a] good place. It’s great to be back here.”

That’s exactly what somebody coming back would say in an attempt to deflect!

No, but really, it does seem as if Gronkowski is truly enjoying a football-less life right now. That’s to be expected given the hell Gronkowski put himself through, and a joy for the game that sometimes seemed questioned due to Gronkowski’s own health, which was touch-and-go at best throughout his entire career, but especially in later seasons.

With Gronkowski out of the picture, the Patriots have loaded up on bodies at the tight end position, making free agency moves for Ben Watson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Matt LaCosse.