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Rob Gronkowski Officially Won’t Return To The NFL This Season

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Rob Gronkowski will officially stay retired for the rest of the NFL season.

After months and months of nonstop speculation about what the three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots would do, we now know the answer. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

According to Adam Schefter on Monday afternoon, Gronk missed the Saturday deadline to get back into the game and on the Patriots in 2019.

I told you all this was going to happen. I said there was no way Gronk was coming out of retirement, and I don’t blame him for staying on the sidelines.

I don’t blame Gronk for wanting to stay retired. Why wouldn’t he? He’s got his rings, he’s got his money, he’s got his TV gig and he’s got his health back.

The man has no incentive at all to ever put the pads back on.

 

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At the end of the day, Gronk got incredibly banged up playing football. That’s just the reality of the situation.

He routinely put his body on the line, and it cost big time down the stretch. The game has an expiration date on it, and he met his.

 

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He should keep enjoying his life and partying it up. The alternative of coming back just isn’t worth the risks.