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SI's Albert Breer Thinks Rob Gronkowski Is Really Considering Retirement

Rob Gronkowski listening to a question.

After the Super Bowl, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would not commit to playing in 2018.

Rob Gronkowski had one of the best performances of Sunday's Super Bowl, in a losing effort. He caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles.

Individual performance aside, it's been a tough few days for Gronk. The Pats lost to the Eagles 41-33 in that dramatic game.

When he returned to Foxborough, he discovered that his house had been robbed. The call he made to police to report it has been released.

After the game, Gronkowski was pretty pensive and contemplative. The 28-year old superstar was asked about his future, and gave an answer many did not expect.

He would not commit to returning for the 2018 season. Gronk has dealt with a ton of injuries during his eight year career, including what was believed to be a concussion just a few weeks ago.

"I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I'm going to sit down the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at," Gronkowski said following the loss.

While it was obviously an emotional moment for all of the Patriots, one NFL insider thinks that Gronk could legitimately hang it up. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer buys the "rumblings":

1. I believe Rob Gronkowski’s rumblings about retirement are real. He’s been responsible with his finances (putting away most of his football money and living largely off his endorsement cash), and he’s taken an absolute beating. That this is a real choice for high-profile players now is great progress, too. Give credit to ex-Niner LB Patrick Willis and ex-Lions WR Calvin Johnson credit for blazing that trail.

It's hard to imagine any player at the top of their game retiring in his 20s, but Breer points out two pretty strong examples. Calvin Johnson is probably one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, and retired at 30. Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was also 30 at the time of his retirement.

[Sports Illustrated]