Rosenhaus had originally said that it “wouldn’t shock me if he has a change of heart, if he feels great and he decides he wants to play football.”
But he was quick to clarify.
“Listen, I’m just speculating. This is nothing that Rob and I talked about specifically. I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up. Rob Gronkowski is retired, and it’s unlikely that he will ever play football again. However, I did close my conversation with Rob yesterday when he called to tell me he was going to retire, and I said, ‘Rob, just keep in mind that if you ever have a change of heart, you can come back and play. I’m sure the Patriots would welcome you with open arms. If it’s sometime during the season, if it’s late in the year, if you feel good and want to come back and play, we’ll make it happen.”
“That’s all. It was just a suggestion. I couldn’t let go without leaving that in Rob’s ear.”
According to Rosenhaus, Gronk said, “I am done. I’ve had enough. I’ve won three championships, I just won a championship. I’m healthy. I’m going out on top. I’m feeling good. I’m ready to do other things.”
He added, “Drew, I’m happy. I’m content with my decision. I took time and this is what’s best for me.”
Gronkowski finishes his NFL career with 521 receptions, 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.