Tom Brady Passes On Gronk Question

August 1st, 2022

Odd response from Tom Brady today, one that could make a few people think he’s still hopeful that Rob Gronkowski will return.

Gronk retired in late June. Brady hasn’t held a news conference since early June. So Joe thought it certainly was worth asking Brady how he felt when he got word that the legendary tight end he played 11 seasons alongside, a future Hall of Famer, hung up his cleats.

Brady didn’t want to go there, didn’t want to reflect on Gronk’s career. What were your feelings when Rob Gronkowski retired and how did those feelings compare to when he retired [after the 2018 season]?

Tom Brady: You know, everyone here loves Rob. So, these are personal things and everyone gets a chance to make personal choices. But we all love him.

It was an awfully short answer — and an odd one — to a softball question that set up Brady to glow about his good friend and former(?) teammate.

35 Responses to “Tom Brady Passes On Gronk Question”

  1. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Lots of picks early this camp. Hope father time isn’t showing up.

  2. lambeau Says:

    Gronk is retired from training camp, especially in heat and humidity.

  3. BucBoy Says:

    No chance Gronk returns with the depleted offensive line.

  4. STL-BucsFan Says:

    I know I’m in the minority on this but I’m just excited to watch Brady possibly for the last time on my favorite team of all time. Obviously I hope we win the whole thing but if we don’t I’m just going to watch the GOAT and smile! let’s really try and enjoy the splendor that it TB12 this season. because when he’s gone we’ll never see anything like it again, like Cinderella sang “You don’t know what you got til it’s gone” LET’S F’N GO BUCS!!!!

  5. Hodad Says:

    Watched Tom’s presser Joe. In all fairness he didn’t give much of an answer to any of the questions posed. Typical Tom Brady speak.

  6. D-Rok Says:

    Brady didn’t appear to be willing to talk about much. He seemed tired or deflated. Maybe the Jensen injury has him worried. Sure seemed like an out-of-character presser for Brady. Hmmm.

  7. sasquatch Says:

    Gronk a day…. Still can’t move on.

    “I’m done with football.” —Gronk


  8. Bucsfan Says:

    Brady wanted to go Miami.. Bruce Beal is owner in waiting for dolphins. Beal and Brady are close friends google Bruce Beal. Only thing that is going to come out of this year is Gisele is going to file for divorce.

  9. GOB Says:

    Brady learned a long time ago from Bill, that you don’t talk about players who aren’t in the building. It’s a distraction. The answer was what I expected. If he’s continually asked about it, the answers will only get shorter. I’m sure Brady would love to have him back at some point, but it’s out of his control. Time to move on with what they have.

  10. AbucAway Says:

    Hey Joe I’m glad you Tom asked about Gronk. Yeah, it’s typical Tom talk but you can read his face and the hesitance in his cadence. I don’t think it’s a transition he wants to make. It’ll be challenging for him.

  11. AbucAway Says:

    Aksed Tom*

  12. Joe Says:

    TB12 was pretty short and terse with everyone today, not just you.

  13. Tim Says:

    LOL Dig the Cinderella reference @STL-BucsFan

  14. LakelandSteve Says:

    I agree with ‘Hodad’, I watched the Brady press conference and it didn’t seem like a typical Brady press conference. He wasn’t as sullen but almost like a Brady presser after a loss. Not sure what to make of it, but hope it isn’t a bad omen.

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    I mean, seriously, what did anyone expect Brady to say? Now is the time to focus on the players that are in camp.

  16. sasquatch Says:

    I care about guys who are on the team. Everything else is TMZ drama.

  17. Ash Says:


  18. Buc4evr Says:

    Looks old and tired and not wanting to play “ Gronk a Day”with Joe. Lol.

  19. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I made it for the doom and gloom after all.

  20. Eddie Marz Says:

    Gronk is retired and even if he decides he wants to play later, it still doesn’t address the need for what needs to be done in the meanwhile. I think the wideouts picked up will fill the void left by Gronk. GOBUCS!

  21. bucsfan Says:

    Brady life would be so much easier if he stay retired. Gisele hates football. Gisele doesn’t even live with him in Tampa. Brady is willing to risk divorce live by himself in tampa while Gisele and the kids stay in Costa Rica.

  22. Richard Says:

    Joe…not on this topic, my apologies. Something really needs to be said about the bucs team almost totally ignoring the veterans and their families after today’s practice. The team actually gave out special bracelets for children and veteran parents to have a presence in a rope line on the field and the turnout was great. However, at a maximum about 7 or 8 players came back to visit these kids/ parents. The sidelines and end zone areas were full of veterans who were told th players would come by to sign autographs take photos etc. This was a very, very bad look for the bucs…disgusting and a real insult to those who have paid some very heavy prices so these multimillionaire athletes can enjoy the lifestyle they have. Too hot said one high official with the bucs…BS…THEY COULD HAVE HAD THE PLAYERS GO TO THE INSIDE FACILITY to please these loyal fans. A major F- up by players, coaches and administration people!!!!!! Please address this…..

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  24. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hes probably tired of hearing it like everyone else.

  25. Alanbucsfan Says:

    A better question would be to ask him if he’s feeling good about the Center competition and is he confident how the interior OLine is shaping up.
    Gronk isn’t coming back and neither is AB.

  26. Kody Says:

    Gronks gone. Like Marpet, he’s probably shedding weight and physically won’t even be able to play in another month or two. There’s no way he’s gonna keep his NFL weight on, workout like a fiend everyday and miraculously return in Oct or Nov or come playoffs. So at this point, I’m all about seeing what Cade and Ko can do. They’re the big unknown factors. With Rudolph and Brate we know what we got. But the two rooks could be big shockers on the big stage. Especially Cade. Physically he has the makings of a young Gronk. Let’s see if that translates into big catches, big plays and badass blocking.

  27. Red-sparrow Says:

    Nothing odd about his answer. Stop nit picking every little thing about tb12. Let him be.

  28. GOB Says:

    Richard, I’m a retired civilian commander in the Navy. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I fly the POW/MIA flag underneath the stars and stripes.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Nothing wrong with that answer. If he talks up Gronk, about how great he is, how much he is loved, etc, then everyone says then it’s obvious he’s only talking about Gronk like that because he knows he’s coming back, otherwise he would have just tried to get past the question as quickly as possible.

  30. Allbuccedup Says:

    I am a Navy vet also remember the 7 or 8 that came to hell with the rest. Then again maybe it wasn’t addressed during practice.

  31. BigMacAttack Says:

    Gisselle probably gave him the old “ I’m stuck in the house all day with 3 nannies, 12 maids, 3 chefs, 2 personal trainers and a pool boy, while you go play around with your buddies!!! FML, this sucks!”

  32. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Bucsfan. Why are you reading too much into picks? It won’t be the last time that picks will be thrown. Trask and Gabbert also threw picks. What’s considered a lot of picks? Josh Allen threw two picks so did Aaron Rodgers. There were also some great plays on offense. You’re focusing on the OC jam because you’re trying to confirm your priors about Brady looking washed

  33. Richard Says:

    Hard to believe it wasn’t addressed…beautiful parachute landings at mid field, an in person national anthem and the very obvious presence of the kids and parents on the field before the players left the field with bracelets the team handed out, they’ve done this on military appreciation day for a number of years etc. Why would some players….7 or 8 go to the waiting fans immediately after practice. I must state the obvious and recognizable names…Brate, Orton, Kieft.

  34. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @GOB. He was schooled in Belichickian speak. Short and to he point. Saying something without really saying anything. He won’t admit it, but I think he’s worried about that OL. It’s funny how he said Hainsey had the trust of so many people in the building. He didn’t specifically say he had trust in Hainsey. That LG position is also still a mess. They need to bring in good competition for Hainsey. No way this guy should be handed the job.

  35. BigMacAttack Says:

    Trust and respect are earned, not given.