Rob Gronkowski led the New England Patriots in receptions in their Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, hauling in nine Tom Brady passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
But following the 41-33 defeat, the Pats tight end said his beastly outing might be his last.
The 28-year-old told reporters he’ll consider retirement during the offseason.
Rob Gronkowski said he was going to reflect on his future when asked if he’s considering retiring.
He wouldn’t commit to returning in 2018. pic.twitter.com/ApdZKKMqyM
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) February 5, 2018
“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said when asked about his potential retirement. “But I mean, I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I’m going to sit down in the next couple weeks and see where I’m at. … I’m not ready for these types of questions right now. I’m just going to sit down, reflect on the season, talk to my teammates. We fought all year long. All the receivers, running backs, linemen—I mean, we put all the work in together. I’m just going to reflect on the season, probably with the boys, and see what happens from there.”
Since being drafted 42nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Gronk’s undergone three back surgeries, a forearm surgery, and a surgery to repair a torn ACL and a torn MCL. The four-time All-Pro tight end left the Patriots’ AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars early with a concussion.
Gronk probably wouldn’t hurt for cash should he opt for retirement. He’s made $44,520,132 in his NFL career, and in 2015 he wrote that he hadn’t spent “one dime” of his football pay.
“I live off my marketing money and haven’t blown it on any big-money expensive cars, expensive jewelry or tattoos and still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school,” he wrote in his book “It’s Good to Be Gronk.”