Is future Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski planning a Big Blue comeback?
Well, on Kay Adams’ Fan Duel program “Up and Adams” the former New England Patriots legend teased the idea that the only coach in the NFL who could coax him out of retirement was Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll.
“Who’s the best coach to get you out of retirement?” Adams asked.
“Umm, Brian Daboll.” Gronkowski uttered.
“Brian Daboll?” Adams asked in shock.
“Yeah,” Gronkowski said with a sly grin creeping over his face.
“I always believe having two tight ends makes the defense have the most difficult times,” Gronkowski reasoned.
Adams even tried to persuade Gronk to mention the Buffalo Bills, his hometown team, but nope, Gronk went right to the other New York team in red, white, and blue that actually calls Jersey home.
It is interesting that Gronkowski mentions Brian Daboll because they were together in New England when Daboll was Gronk’s tight ends coach from 2013-16. So there are obviously some strong ties and familiarity there.
Gronkowski is no stranger to coming out of retirement.
He stepped away from the game for over a year in 2019 only to come back in 2020 when his Patriots teammate Tom Brady (you may have heard of him) went to Tampa Bay.
They won their fourth Super Bowl together as teammates later that year with the Bucs.
Gronk retired again in 2021 at the age of 32. He has been a color commentator and analyst with Fox Sports.
A return to the field with the Giants would be wild, to say the least. With Darrin Waller already in tow, adding Gronkowski, who had 802 yards receiving in his final season in Tampa, would create an incredible duel threat for quarterback Daniel Jones.
At 34 years old, Gronkowski is still young enough to give football another chance, if he wants to. If he is chomping at the bit to join the Giants, this will be a fascinating story to watch.