Robert Kraft 'prays' Rob Gronkowski returns, but Gronk says more of same in FOX debut

Apr 24, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft talks with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and his brother Gordie prior to the start of game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Kraft talks with Rob Gronkowski and his brother Gordie prior to the start of a 2016 playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is holding out hope that Rob Gronkowski, who announced his retirement from the National Football League back in March, will eventually change his mind and return to the Patriots.

This is more than Kraft simply hoping to see his favorite No. 87 back on the field, too, as Kraft highlight a somewhat specific detail when it came to Gronkowski's retirement from the NFL.

"The bottom line is he hasn't put his retirement papers in," Kraft noted during a pregame appearance on the NFL Network ahead of Thursday's game between the Patriots and Giants. "So we can all pray and hope."

Gronkowski, meanwhile, made his debut as part of the Fox studio team on Thursday night, and continued to sing a familiar tune regarding the possibility of him returning back to Gillette Stadium as a member of the Patriots.

"I would have to be feeling it -- feeling it big time -- to come back," Gronkowski, who also joked that it was easier to get a deal done with Fox than the Patriots, said. "It's always going to be open in my mind."

And so the dance continues.