By: Christian Coppola
Have we seen the last of Gronk? That has been the question circling the New England Tight End and the Patriots the entire offseason. There have been multiple reports that say the All – Pro Tight End is and has been thinking about retirement for over a year now.
The amount of injuries and severity of those injuries that Gronk has obtained over his career are said to be pushing him towards retirement. With such a big body, Rob is a huge target and has a lot of mass to be hit and injured when coming over the middle of a defense. As one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL and maybe NFL history, defenses have game planned to try and abuse Gronk by hitting him constantly at the line and doing whatever they possibly can to slow down the monster that he is. Just in last year’s AFC Championship game, Rob caught a pass down the seam and was hit in the head, which ultimately led to a concussion. The abuse and constant pounding that Gronk game to game absorbs must be a living hell.
Aside from the injury standpoint, Belichick and this Patriot system also seems to have an impact on a highly emotional player like Gronk. Belichick’s strict regime is basically kryptonite for Rob as he is arguably the most entertaining personality in the league and is always trying to have fun. In a recent Instagram post by Gronkowski, he gives a final fair well to Amendola by saying “Be FREE, Be HAPPY”. With this comment, the atmosphere in New England obviously isn’t somewhere that Gronk is happy in. Rob without a doubt has a special passion for the game of football and just wants to go out there every Sunday and have fun and compete. With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a Patriot offense next season without number 87.
Retiring or not Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best Tight End to ever play the game of football. His stats speak for themselves and his presence on the field is something we wont see again maybe forever. The advantage that Gronk gives his offense in ever aspect of the game is basically unfair for opposing defenses. 87 will forever be idolized in New England and will be a future Hall of Famer.
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