New England Patriots' star quarterback Tom Brady was asked heading into the Super Bowl is retirement was a possibility following the game.
Brady was direct in his answer, telling ESPN's Jeff Darlington that there's a "zero percent" chance that he retires.
The Patriots' star tight end, Rob Gronkowski, has also been asked about potential retirement following the Super Bowl.
Gronk, unsurprisingly, was less direct.
"When Rob Gronkowski arrived for his media availability Wednesday afternoon, the first question he was asked was whether he is considering retirement. With his trademark humor, he answered, 'Yes, no, maybe so!'" ESPN's Mike Reiss tweeted.
Gronkowski did open up about the toll football has taken on him while speaking to reporters.
“The season’s a grind. It’s up and down. I’m not going to lie and sit here and say every week is the best,” Gronkowski told reporters, per WEEI. “Not at all. You go up, you go down. You can take some serious hits. To tell you the truth, just try and imagine getting hit all the time and trying to be where you want to be every day in life. It’s tough, it’s difficult. To take hits to the thigh, take hits to your head. Abusing your body isn’t what your brain wants. When your body is abused, it can bring down your mood. You’ve got to be able to deal with that, too, throughout the season. You gotta be able to deal with that in the games.
“And no one realizes that, and everyone expects us players to be wide awake every single day,” Gronkowski added. “And it’s like, ‘Yo, I just took 50 hits to my head’ — or not to my head, but I’m saying I just took 50 collisions, and then like the next day everyone wants you to be up. They want practice full speed, next week they want the game to be full speed, but they don’t understand sometimes what players are going through with their bodies, with their minds. That’s why I’ve been saying you see a shift in players in games where people are down the whole game, and then you see, all of a sudden, the next week it’s like, ‘How did this team just go from one switch to the other?'”
It does seem possible that Sunday could be Gronkowski's final NFL game. If it is, he's had one heck of a career.
The Patriots and the Rams are set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. E.T. on Sunday. The game will be televised on CBS.