Rob Gronkowski ended Super Bowl LII with a curious answer to if he’s considering retirement with a non-committal response when asked if he’d back back in 2018.
The injuries, and of course the dramatic Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, have worn on the normally outgoing Gronk. That led a report from Eagle Tribune, which notes Gronkowski has discussed acting with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sylvester Stallone, where he’d make “millions”.
Arguably the greatest tight end in NFL history has also been the most injury prone, suffering a plethora of significant injuries, including concussions, back fractures, forearm fractures, an ACL tear and much more.
Gronkowski was knocked out of the AFC Championship game with a concussion before returning weeks later in the Super Bowl to notch nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
Only 28 years old, Gronkowski has plenty of options should he choose to leave the NFL.
He’s appeared in a handful of shows, including Entourage. And while “acting” may be the broad term, it’s difficult to separate the natural connection between the Patriots star and the wild world of pro wrestling. One of his best friends is current Smackdown Live superstar Mojo Rawley, and that’s led to building anticipation of Gronk getting in the squared circle.
The New England tight end first showed up in the audience at Full Sail University, the home base of WWE’s minor league system, NXT.
“The main man Robbie G. Well I played college football with a couple of his brothers, his older brothers Dan and Chris, we all kind of grew up together. We all came up together, we’ve all been on the grind for a very long time. Trust me we’ve had that conversation many times and he’s dying to get in the ring. I can tell you it won’t be while he’s in season.”
That was months before Gronk did actually get in the ring, blowing up eventual WWE Champion Jinder Mahal in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania:
Whatever happens next is certainly up in the air. But if he somehow ends up in WWE, it shouldn’t be a complete shock.