It hasn’t been since 2018 where we’ve seen Rob Gronkowski on a football field. The tight end originally retired at the end of the 2018 season after the Patriots defeated the Rams in the Super Bowl. Gronkowski retired after 9 amazing seasons in New England which resulted in 3 super bowl wins. However his career was riddled with injuries.
From concussions, to ACL and MCL tears, fracturing the same arm three times in his career, and multiple ankle sprains, Gronk suffered them all. However after three years away from the sport that he has loved since he was 5 years old, he has decided to make a comeback and play at least another season. There’s just one small change. He will be playing for the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Oh, and alongside Tom Brady that is. The Pats officially traded Gronkowski to Tampa for a 4th round pick (which they would eventually trade to the Las Vegas Raiders) this past Tuesday as he had one year and 10 million dollars left on his contract with New England.
Gronkowski is arguably the greatest tight end to ever play the game and is only 30 years old. He currently has the most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end in Super bowl history, and is the only tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns in 2011 with 17. He has obviously shed some of his game weight however still seems to be in remarkable shape.
The Bucs will no doubt win more games than they did last year. The question is, will Gronk be the reason that Bucs get back into Super Bowl shape? After all, they are being lead by the greatest quarterback of all time, have multiple half backs that can equally cause damage within the run game, and have one of the best receiving cores in the League that include Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and now Rob Gronkowski. Only time will tell.