Gronk Calls Time On Future Hall Of Fame Career
For a second time, future Hall of Fame tight end, Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats and calling time on a glittering NFL career that spanned 12 seasons and saw him win four Super Bowls with two teams.
Gronkowski, 33, made the surprise announcement on social media last week, saying he will now “be going back to his retirement home, walking away from football with my head held high, knowing I gave it everything.”
In his post, he also referred to his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as mind-blowing. The experience surpassed his boyhood dreams of becoming a football player and playing in Tampa Bay.
“The journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first-class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back and help build a championship team.”
Markets reacted instantly to the four-time All-Pro and four-time Super Bowl champion’s retirement as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ odds to win Super Bowl moved from +700 to +750.
How significant is this move? Not very. In the broad spectrum of Super Bowl betting, the Buccaneers remain the second favorite behind the Buffalo Bills. So, it’s fair to say that it’s a moot point.
Similar shifts in the market have also occurred elsewhere too, such as in the NFC South and NFC Conference odds. But, once again, nothing too alarming.
What’s more interesting is the NFL specials market offering odds for Gronkowski to unretire. This market went to press almost immediately as bookmakers saw an opportunity to capitalize on the widespread speculation about the seriousness of Gronk’s decision.
And why wouldn’t they? Let’s face it, he’s done it before.
Rob Gronkowski Odds
- BetUS NFL Specials
BetUS Sportsbook has released a prop bet on Gronkowski reversing his retirement in the 2022-23 NFL season.
Although the “No” bet is favored at -140, the “Yes” bet is tipped on tantalizing Even odds.
Will Rob Gronkowski come out of retirement during the 2022-2023 season?
- Yes Even
- No -140
Gronkowski’s first retirement
Gronkowski famously retired three years ago while with the New England Patriots. When he tells the story, though, it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. A deliberate move in order to avoid an undesirable, career-altering trade to the Detroit Lions in 2019. (Can anyone blame him?)
It’s only fitting that we throw it back to when Gronk avoided a trade to the Lions by saying he was retired.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) June 21, 2022
A year later, with Tom Brady leaving New England for the greener pastures of Tampa Bay, Gronkowski unretired to reunite with his longtime quarterback.
The pair went on to win Super Bowl 55, marking a fourth for Gronk and seventh for Brady. He caught 100 passes for 1,425 yards and 13 TDs during his two-year tenure with the Bucs. In Super Bowl 55, he had six receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
Will Gronkowski, Unretire Again?
NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted a quote from Gronkowski’s agent. The Twitter post reads: “In reaction to Rob Gronkowski’s news, his agent Drew Rosenhaus texts: “It would not surprise me if Tom Brady calls him during the season to come back and Rob answers the call. This is just my opinion but I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob comes back during the season or next season.”
And so, the plot thickens …. Will he? Or Won’t he? What do you think?
Has Gronkowski caught his last pass from BFF TB12? Or is there a chance the tight end will go back on his decision for a third hurrah?