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Gronkowski tipped Brady about comeback months ago

2020-04-23 08:42
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Rob Gronkowski said Wednesday he had hinted at the possibility of reuniting with Tom Brady months before his shock decision to come out of retirement and follow the six-time Super Bowl champion to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a conference call with reporters, Gronkowski said he had told former New England Patriots team-mate Brady he was taking a keen interest in the quarterback's career move after deciding he was ready to return to the NFL.

Gronkowski stunned the NFL on Tuesday after announcing he was joining Brady at Tampa Bay next season after a one-year exile from the sport.

The 30-year-old tight end revealed he had long had his eye on where Brady might land as he entered free agency. 

Brady joined Tampa Bay last month after two decades with the Patriots.

"We rarely talked about what his decision was gonna be, where I'm at," Gronkowski said of his discussions with Brady.

"I told him like, 'Hey, I'm kinda getting that fire underneath me again.' 

"I said, 'I'm definitely interested in the decision that you make.' I didn't put any pressure on him. 

"I said, 'If there's a right opportunity out there, and [you] go somewhere and that opportunity is right - even if you go back to the Patriots and I feel like the opportunity is right - there's a possible chance that I would definitely love to reconnect.'"

Gronkowski spent nine seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls in tandem with Brady, before retiring in 2019.

The chance to reunite with the quarterback regarded as the greatest in NFL history was too good to pass up, Gronkowski said.

"Playing with Tom is special. He's one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time," Gronkowski said. 

"And to build a connection with a quarterback, too, is something special. Every time we get together, it's just like the old days. It doesn't matter if we take a month off or six months apart; we just go out there and we're throwing the ball just like it's a normal practice, no matter what."

Gronkowski quit the NFL after helping the Patriots to their record-equalling sixth Super Bowl in a victory over the Los Angeles Rams in 2019.

It followed a lengthy injury history which included multiple concussions as well as serious knee and back injuries.

Gronkowski said the season out of sport had allowed his body to recuperate.

"I said it from the beginning, that I wouldn't come back unless if I'm feeling it, unless if I'm feeling good, feeling healthy. And I'm feeling like I'm ready to go," Gronkowski said.

 

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