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Most guys take it easy when they retire. Most guys aren’t Vernon Davis. After announcing the end of his storied 14-year NFL career courtesy of a skit on the Fox Super Bowl pregame show in February, the strapping tight end started a new life.
Four-time All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a reunion with Tom Brady. Pending completion of a physical, Gronkowski has agreed to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are acquiring his rights from the New England Patriots.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are back at work, and things are already a lot quieter. Rob Gronkowski has retired, and the locker room is a more serious place without the fun-loving tight end who once declared himself the life of the party – in garbled Spanish. The Patriots are looking for replacements at tight end, but the offense could also lean more on wide receivers or running backs to replace Gronk’s production.
For five plays, and for 2 minutes, 49 seconds, Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady and the Patriots offense looked like the one that cruised up and down the field for most of the season. Turns out, that’s all they needed.
Even as Rob Gronkowski turned in a vintage performance with his big grabs down the stretch in the AFC championship game, the veteran Patriots tight end also did plenty of dirty work. This season, one of the best receiving tight ends in NFL history and Tom Brady’s longtime favorite target made some big contributions to the Patriots’ rejuvenated running game. Gronk showed off his blocking skills during a season in which he fought through injuries and didn’t put up his usual numbers.
The NFL spent a lot of time and effort in the offseason simplifying what constitutes a catch and trying to make the game safer with new rules that require both offensive and defensive players to use their heads and not their helmets.
Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady returned to the practice field as the New England Patriots opened their mandatory three-day minicamp. Both players missed the team’s voluntary workouts last month. Gronk says retirement was on his mind this offseason. He says he’s happy with his decision to return. But he also says he would like to renegotiate his contract before the season begins.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he is returning for his ninth NFL season. Gronkowski made the announcement in a post on Instagram. Gronkowski says he met with coach Bill Belichick to inform him of his intention to return. Gronkowski previously hinted at considering retirement following New England’s Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
Rob Gronkowski has a stake in a big namesake. The New England Patriots tight end has entered a partnership deal with Phoenix Thoroughbreds for Gronkowski, the star 3-year-old colt set to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 5. The four-legged Gronkowski is 3 for 3 this year.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski can be heard on a 911 call calmly telling a dispatcher that his home was burglarized while he was at the Super Bowl. Police in Foxborough, Massachusetts, released a portion of the call on Tuesday. He can be heard telling the dispatcher on Monday: “This is Rob Gronkowski calling, and while I was gone my whole house got robbed, while on the Super Bowl trip. And I just got back.”
It was clear even before this Super Bowl that the end of the Patriots’ dynastic run, at least with this group of principal characters, was near. Just how near was up for debate. It still is.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski participated fully in practice on Thursday
New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. He made his first public appearance while playing former teammate and current Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount in a game of “Madden 18” at the Mall of America.
After getting stitches in his right hand and thumb prior to the AFC championship game last week, quarterback Tom Brady was on the practice field Saturday, gripping the ball without a glove on his throwing hand.
The NFL has denied Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s appeal of a one-game suspension for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.
The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game on Monday for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.
WrestleMania got Gronk’d. WWE’s version of the Super Bowl also saw John Cena take a knee.
The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle “Ball of Death.”
While his Patriots teammates are dealing with the business of trying to win another Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski is handling business of another sort.
The New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was scheduled to have surgery for a herniated disk in his lower back, the team said in a statement Thursday night.