New England Patriots solid end Rob Gronkowski took many months after the 2017 season to decide he wanted to play this season. Expect that he will be in a similar situation after 2018.
And some people around him believe that Gronkowski's decision will go the other way.
The Patriots' longtime game is expected to rebalance retirement, and he could do it playing the final games of his prospective Hall of Fame career. The only 29-year-old and financially recruited Gronkowski would have almost retired last season instead of being traded to the Lions and ending his career elsewhere.
He said he would not expect to get any passports from another QB without a name called Tom Brady. But this season was difficult. Gronk tries to deal with bumps and bruises related to his ankles and back, and he has his worst statistical season since his rookie year.
He has the fewest landings (3) he ever had, the least 20+ yard catches (8). , the least yards per game (52.5 yards) since 2010. And the opponents have mostly stopped doubling it.
Although he feels physically good in today's Los Angeles Chargers match, those who know him well say the season is an emotional burden for him. Perhaps, considering he retired last year, he had it in a place where it was hard to get upset for the season.
Gronkowski did not seem to be the same intrusive personality, and people around him say everything was a fight. You wonder how much he loves it.
All this may make Gronk say that he has achieved enough in his career to come to Hollywood or wrestle goals.
"It was harder," Gronkowski said this season. "But there are only a few more obstacles in the way, I mean, it's life, you have to accept them."