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Gronkowski to consider retiring after Super Bowl loss

The Patriots All-Pro tight end had nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in an offense-laden Super Bowl LII, where New England had a record 613 total yards.


Kahron Spearman


There's good reason to believe that Super Bowl LII was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's final game in uniform.

The 28-year-old was explicitly and repeatedly asked about his future after the 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and would not commit to playing next season, per Henry McKenna of USA Today (h/t Bleacher Report.)

That's what it's all about, getting the victory. I'm proud to be on this team. I'm proud of the boys. We kept fighting all year long and grinded all year long. . . . We fought all year and gave it everything that we had.

What's likely giving the former Arizona Wildcat pause is his mounting injury history, which includes multiple surgeries on his forearm, his back, multiple concussion, and even an ACL/MCL injury.

Should he retire, Gronkowski could walk away from the game with his legacy intact, as the most dominant tight end of his era. Already a likely Hall of Famer, he's a five-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, and winner of two Super Bowls.

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