Gronk: “I’m Staying In Shape”

August 24th, 2022

Until Rob Gronkowski schedules a massive retirement party or says he’s never playing football again, Joe’s not ruling out a Gronk return to the game later this year.

Obviously, Gronk loves the spotlight. He’s a camera junkie. And what better way to generate eyeballs than to land in the NFL just in time to have every football fan talking about you at the Thanksgiving dinner table?

Gronk’s been involved in all kinds of stuff since the end of last season. After his headline-inducing Ultimate Fighting Championship studio event Saturday night, Gronk flew to play basketball in the Big 3 Celebrity charity game, which was far more serious than other exhibitions Joe has seen.

Gronk looked good. He’s certainly a brutal matchup in the post and driving to the basket.

But more important, Gronk joined the 3-Point Conversion show and was asked what’s next for him. He told the host “I’m staying in shape,” noting that he wasn’t in basketball shape but is open to any opportunity that comes his way.

Of course, Joe would welcome a Gronk return to the Bucs. Hopefully he won’t be needed. And don’t think the Bucs can’t afford him under the salary cap, “the answer’s always yes.”

40 Responses to “Gronk: “I’m Staying In Shape””

  1. PassingThru Says:

    Prick tease.

  2. geno711 Says:

    4 time super bowl champ.

  3. Mr. Editor Says:

    Yes, please!

  4. Mr. Editor Says:

    And, thank you, sir, may I have another?

  5. duff man Says:

    love it

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Sheet or get off the pot.

  7. bluetick Says:

    Please give Wirfs and Smith a message for me next time you see them. Please ask them to Pancake Cam Jordan and tell him to Shut the UP.

    Maybe Bowles can let the whole O-line and Tom Brady listen to his latest appearance on the Rich Eisen show.


  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Has Gronk ever been to Germany?

  9. sasquatch Says:

    “I’m done with football.”
    — Gronk

    Speculation otherwise is a giant waste of time. Maybe it’s good spank material for J03 and others… that’s all.

  10. Dew Says:

    I wouldn’t blame him for signing with his hometown team the Bills. They will be crazy good this season imo.

  11. Maniac Buc Says:

    Brinks retired. I don’t think he comes back. He’s the one former Buc of the bunch from last year that’s not currently here, that I would welcome back. JPP, Bye. Suh, bye. AB, bye. Jensen, bye. Marpet, bye. Cappa, bye. Whitehead, bye. Gronk, you can come back anytime you like! I don’t see it though, unfortunately.

  12. Infomeplease Says:

    Let his ribs heal more!! Then BAM!!!

  13. Buc4evr Says:

    Gronk a day is back….

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    Let’s hope that between Brate, Otton, Rudolph, and Kieft we won’t need him. But, you never know. Stay in shape Gronk. We may invite you to the playoff party.

  15. CrackWise Says:

    Oh gezzz, really, I will be skipping these articles for sure going forward.

  16. Kody Says:

    Nope, it’s all about Cade and Ko now. Those are the dudes we gotta put our hope in.

  17. ocala Says:

    Even if Otton and Kieft have amazing rookie years, Brate plays well and Rudolph catches 6TD’s and 500 yards I still would love the Bucs to get Gronk at some point this season. Gronk is the best TE of all time and would make the Bucs better.

  18. SB~LV Says:

    Loveable Lumbering Gronk


    To be fair, all he said was “I’m staying in shape.”
    Pretty harmless.
    I don’t feel like he was trying to tease anybody.

  20. AbucAway Says:

    Yeah I’m in shape, too. That shape is roundish

  21. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Gronk is WWE at heart…a true showman. I’m all for his potential triumphant return but nothing is guaranteed including the Bucs being in the hunt for a SB late in the season.

  22. Winny Testaverde Says:

    He did have 2 “tuddies” in the SB win and a big catch setting up a 3rd for Lenny. He’s as clutch as they come. How could the Bucs say no?!

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    More like Gronk-a-week…….

  24. Bucschamp Says:

    He don’t need regular season. He will come back in the playoffs.

  25. mark2001 Says:

    It is more like believe what you see, and not what you hear.

  26. NCBucfan Says:

    Well Rudolph doesn’t look very good, so I can def see Gronk returning at some point.


    On a goofy side note…
    It is sort of hilarious how that Gronk pic humorously resembles the infamous Antonio Brown “I am checking out” pic.

  28. Nicky666 Says:

    Leave the door open for him he’s earned that much – Gronk is bucs royalty at this point – GO BUCS!

  29. George Says:

    Gronk enjoying retirement. He does not seem like a guy who wants to play football again.

    That hit last year against The Rams, and painful recovery, is something he doesn’t want to go through again.

  30. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:


  31. Mark A Swygert Says:

    I certainly would not be against it, but I’m getting kind of sick of the Rudolph hate. Has the guy even played 20 snaps for us yet? Those who said he looked slow don’t know his game. He was never fast. He just uses his big body to block out defenders and make catches. He is more athletic than he looks. Read his wikipedia page. He was a terrific center in high school. Still among the all-time leaders in points and rebounds. Yes, he is another one of those guys who uses basketball skills and translates it to football.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    With the offensive line injuries, Brady needs to ratch up the pressure on Gronk to come back. Gronk is probably the best blocking TE in the game, and it just so happens that Brady likes good blocking.

    Whatever Gronk wants, Gronk gets, figure it out.

  33. Allbuccedup Says:

    He will be back mid to late season with us or the Bills if there is an injury on either team or if OJ doesn’t work out.

  34. Alvafan Says:

    If you’re coming back that late you better play for free

  35. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    What Allbuccedup said!

  36. Steve M. Says:

    “I’m done with football”. He didn’t say for how long .
    Even his girlfriend said , she wouldn’t be surprised if Gronk came back.

  37. CleanHouse Says:

    Gronk to the NBA!!!!

  38. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    How about Earl Watford telling the Bucs ” I’M AVAILABLE ” …. Don’t know why we aren’t getting him and JC Tretter now and worrying about the rookies next year

  39. Michael Says:

    Well if he comes back he did say he will not play anywhere but Tampa .

  40. Joey Strom Says:

    He will be back late in the season. Mark it down!