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Rob Gronkowski Has Brutally Honest Admission About His Retirement

rob gronkowski celebrates during the afc championship

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after a first down in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Earlier today, retired NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed that he could one day return to football. The 30-year-old Gronkowski stepped away from the game at the end of last season due to injuries.

Gronkowski's announcement came during an appearance in New York to discuss his partnership with CBDMedic. While he left open the possibility of a comeback, Gronkowski also made it clear: he needed to step down when he did.

"I want to be clear to my fans: I needed to recover," an emotional Gronkowski told the audience. "I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down, and I didn't like it.

"I knew I needed to fix myself."

Gronk's words are a harsh reminder of part of the reality of football. They are even more sobering given the recent decision by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to retire just shy of his 30th birthday.

Luck has dealt with a multitude of injuries over the last few seasons and described himself as being "worn down" with the process of rehabbing and fighting back from being hurt.

Given the fact he's still relatively young and retired while he was still effective, we'd love to see Gronk come back at some point. However, if it were to happen, it has to be when his mind and body are in a good place.