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Rob Gronkowski: Tom Brady Could Play Until He’s 50

Former tight end Rob Gronkowski says he was surprised that former teammate Tom Brady announced his retirement some weeks ago.

Considering past un-retirings, it would be more surprising if Tom Brady actually did retire permanently

Rob Gronkowski returned from retirement in 2019 to play with Brady for two more seasons with Tampa Bay. As a result, nobody quite believes Rob Gronkowski is done for good, either.


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Unlike Tom Brady, the Gronk is an unrepentant retiree. While Brady always seemed reluctant, Gronkowski is definitive. 

“No, no. I’m done, man,” Gronkowski said, per The Athletic.

Perhaps he knows his friend too well, as he expressed surprise that Brady isn’t trying to play on until he’s 50.

“Tom is not reopening that door. I don’t know. Maybe he is. I don’t know,” Gronkowski said. “I would just say I was shocked because I would say he still has some left in the tank. There’s no doubt about that. I felt like Tom could play until 50 years old. … But he chose to hang it up at 45, and I’m proud of him. I’m proud to be his teammate. I’m proud of everything he has accomplished, I’m just happy for him, whatever he chooses to do next.”


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The duo’s destinies seem forever intertwined and in 2024, Brady will join his former teammate as a Fox analyst.

“That’s definitely a possibility for sure, being with Tom for so long and now we’re going to be at FOX together,” Gronk said. “There really hasn’t been any plans or anything or any talks about it, but that definitely could be a possibility. We could banter back and forth in some way, somehow, maybe do a couple promos together or whatever it is. That will be down the road. Time will have to tell with that.”

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