On Thursday night before the New York Patriots were set to kick off against the New York Giants, owner Robert Kraft opened the door for Rob Gronkowski’s potential return.
Gronk retired following the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Since then, he’s enjoyed time away from the game, traveling with girlfriend Camille Kostek. Last week, Gronk landed a new job, as an NFL analyst for FOX Sports.
In an appearance on NFL Network, Kraft revealed Gronk never filed his retirement papers and the team “hopes” he returns.
“We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. We can always pray and hope …. That’s a good academic argument that there is hope for us still with Gronk,” Kraft said on Thursday night.
#Patriots owner Robert Kraft on @nflnetwork just now: “We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn't put his retirement papers in. We can always pray and hope …. That's a good academic argument that there is hope for us still with Gronk."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 10, 2019
The Patriots have been just fine this year without Gronk – opening the season 5-0. However, Tom Brady’s favorite target being gone left somewhat of a hole in the offense.
When New England eventually faces a tougher opponent, they won’t have Brady’s go-to target in Gronk.
After a few months off from the game, Gronk appears to be enjoying retirement. But there’s always the possibility he gets the itch to return to the game come playoff time.