FOXBOROUGH, Mass – Retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has not ruled out a return to football in the future, but he has no plans to do so in 2019.
"I wouldn't say" will never return ", Gronkowski told ESPN on Tuesday, "I'm 30 years old. I am young. I still stay in shape, still watch the game when I can, still enjoy it. I'm fine, but you know, a year off might be the case. Or maybe two years off, man.
"It's always an option on the back of my head. It's not like I don't keep fit and do nothing. I'm never stressed about it."
Gronkowski's comments Tuesday morning came after he announced business-based plans to host a Super Bowl game in Southern Florida, potentially shattering hopes from Patriots fans that he would return to play for the team If Gronkowski had planned to return this season, he would need to do so by 30 November, according to NFL rules.
Gronkowski, who retired in March, asked playfully, "What's better, am I playing in the game or I met this game?"
The 9-1 Patriots could use Gronkowski, because quarterback Tom Brady expressed his frustration over the offense following Sunday's 17-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski, who says he is having fun in retirement, has followed his previous team closely.
"The defense is just amazing, how they come together with the veteran leadership they have there, and the skills they have. With the crime, they find ways to make it work the way they always did, and put guys in the right situation. to play. But man, they miss a guy who is 6-6, 260 [pounds]. They miss that guy, for sure, "Gronkowski said with a laugh, referring to himself.
Gronkowski, who once said he never spent a dollar off his football paycheck and lived up to his recommendations, has exploited speculation about his playing the future.
He had spied a big announcement Tuesday morning, which turned out to be a Super Bowl party called "Gronk Beach." As part of the announcement, Gronkowski produced a video that featured two versions of himself – one that encouraged him to return to football, the other to promote the party.
I'm bringing FIESTA Miami to Miami with the GRONK BEACH BIG GAME WEEKEND presented by @MonsterEnergy ! Prepare for my personal over the top music at the sea festival with my friends @diplo | @kaskade | @RickRoss | @official_flo | @djcarnage | | @ 3LAU https://t.co/FANgwjNUDQ pic.tw itter.com/wD16Su0EA5ebrit19659012??— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) November 19, 2019
somehow caught the video where he is at this point in his life.
"It's definitely a different chapter, doing a lot of different things, just finding what I really like I do and finding out things I sometimes don't like to do," he said. "It's definitely interesting because I've been playing football all my life.
"I have to keep things going, athletic competitiveness goes. I love playing backyard games, pickup games, because I still have that competition in me. So I've been all my life and sports. Also with the fun aspect too. Even since I was a little kid – we always coughed, always played sports, but then we would always have a party after, go and enjoy, because that's what life is all about. "
Gronkowski, who said his best experience at a Super Bowl party came after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, 2015, the support of Patriots fans still feels.
"Many of them say they want to see me back in the field, but I take it to heart more when they tell me they appreciate the nine years with the team and they just want to see me happy and healthy," said he.