The NFL Network reported Sunday that Rob Gronkowski will consider retiring at season’s end. After the Patriots’ 41-28 victory over the Chargers, which would be his last home game if he does choose to retire, the tight end said he isn’t thinking about it right now and that he is focused on helping his team win.
“I was focused on LA the whole game and it’s gonna be the same thing this week. I’m all in right now. We got the Kansas City Chiefs now. It’s gonna be another week of preparation and I haven’t thought about anything like that,” he said. “Just gotta go all in. Keep our focus, keep on doing what we gotta do, and I gotta keep on doing what I gotta do to help this team out to win next week.”
The Patriots tight end also considered retirement after the 2017 season and announced during the 2018 draft he would return. The possibility this could be Gronkowski’s final season was a story line throughout the season.
In 13 regular-season games, Gronkowski caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns, his lowest totals for each of those categories in a season in which he has played at least 10 games.
In late December, before the Patriots faced the Jets in Week 17, he was asked if he was considering retirement.
“I haven’t been thinking about that at all,” Gronkowski said.
He also said he was still enjoying football.
“I love the grind. I’m all-in,” he said, “I’ve been all-in all season no matter if it’s been up, if it’s been down, and I’m going to tell you this right now – I’m going to be all in for the rest of the year, no matter when it is, and that’s just my main focus, no matter how it goes.”
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