BOSTON - Rob Gronkowski’s official decision to retire from the NFL has become a major topic of conversation again as the former Patriots tight end has a major deadline coming up, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Gronk has until November 30 at 4 p.m. to officially decide if he will return to the field to play alongside his former Patriots teammates in the remainder of the NFL’s 2019-2020 season or continue to focus on his new endeavors.
“Time is running out for Gronk to make a decision. He needs to let the league know, let the Patriots know before Week 13 ends, specifically November 30 at 4 p.m., Rapoport has shared.
Adding, “That’s the day before the Patriots’ Week 13 game. If he does not come off the reserve/retired list at that point, then he cannot for the rest of the season... I am also told by someone who has spoken to Rob Gronkowski recently, he has made no moves toward that. In other words, at this point, he is still very much retired.”
Rapoport appears to be right for the most part as it looks like the 30-year-old football star is happy moving on from the game to pursue his latest endeavors as the spokesman for CBDMedic promoting the use of CBD products for pain while working as Fox’s newest NFL analyst.
If Gronk does change his mind however, it appears the Patriots, specifically the teamm owner Robert Kraft would welcome #87 back with open arms, as confirmed by Masslive.
“Kraft came up to him and left him with a message that still resonates right now," Rapoport said. “He wants Gronk back for November, December, and the playoffs. Kraft’s message was essentially, don’t worry about the other time. During the stretch run, when it counts the most, we want you back. But it remains to be seen whether Gronk will do that or not.”
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