When Rob Gronkowski made his second retirement announcement in 2022, many fans were hurt.
Mainly, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans who need the greatest tight end ever back with the team in 2022.
The reason for them missing and needing him is that the team lost their other tight end, O.J. Howard, during free agency.
Without a top-tier tight end, Tom Brady will have one less checkdown weapon for his team.
However, after the retirement by Gronk, his agent would float the idea of his return if he got the call from Brady.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 25, 2019
But now it looks as if Gronk is sticking to his guns with his retirement, even if Brady calls.
Gronk Tells The World He’s Done With Football For Good
In an interview during an event for one of Gronkowski’s new business ventures, he would tell the world that football is behind him.
Gronk says he’s officially done with football after announcing his retirement for the second time.
Would he take a call from Tom Brady? Yes, but not about returning.
— The Athletic NFL (@TheAthleticNFL) July 12, 2022
Even if his good friend calls to ask for him to return, the answer is still no.
However, Gronk said he would talk to number 12, but in the end, he’s going to focus on his business ventures.
But with him already coming out of retirement once for the seven-time Super Bowl champ, can he stick to his guns on this one?
His Health Needs Him To Stick To His Retirement Decision
While Gronkowski is clearly one of the greatest tight ends in the NFL, his body can’t take any more hits.
Health was a major concern for him the first time he would retire.
Gronk announces his retirement. Injuries was piling up plus concussions. Great decision to go out with his health and on top after another SB title.Great career. One of the best TEs to ever play.
— Byron Moten (@BMoSports214) March 24, 2019
With all the injuries during his NFL career, he can’t keep taking the hits he does.
Even though he’s an elite athlete, he can’t prevent concussions and other injuries from happening.
So that is why it’s so important for him to stick with his decision to retire, and stick to saying no to Brady.
If he were to come back and suffer a devastating injury, it could ruin him for life.
With injuries in the NFL being a high risk for players, it’s no wonder some talented players leave early.
So he needs to be like the other young stars that picked health over football.
Gronk Needs To Follow What Andrew Luck And Luke Kuechly Did
Gronk retiring at his age isn’t a first in the NFL.
In fact, the average retirement age for an NFL player is 26.
The average age and retirement age of an NFL player is 26. The average NFL career is less than 3 years. Most NFL players retire due to uncontrollable factors. Don’t bet everything on something you can’t control. Sports are temporary, life is forever. Academics Matter. #Ap2w pic.twitter.com/13gsvIAaGH
— Derek Jones (@CoachdjCheetah) November 30, 2020
While we see players like Brady still playing in his 40s, and Aaron Rodgers in his late 30s, Gronk and others left sooner.
Both Andrew Luck and Luke Kuechly would retire in their late 20s over health concerns.
They put what was best for them ahead of the game of football.
While players like Brady are hungry to win, Gronk can’t get caught up in the Super Bowl dreams of someone else.
He needs to be like Luck and Kuechly, and stick to retirement.
He’s done everything in his NFL career to show he’s one of the best.
There’s nothing left for him to prove, meaning retirement is the best thing for his career and health.NEXT: Stats Show Why Leonard Fournette Remains A Playoff Legend