One of the most successful duos in NFL history is reunited thanks to a spectacular comeback. American football professional Rob Gronkowski is coming back from retirement, according to reports from several US media.
He will play with quarterback superstar Tom Brady at his new club Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I’m back,” according to a Fox reporter, Gronkowski said in a voice message to him. His agent confirmed the deal to ESPN.
The NFL Network, among others, reported on Tuesday that the Patriots and Buccaneers had agreed on an exchange transaction and only the medical check of the almost 31-year-old tight end was missing. In addition to Gronkowski, the Buccaneers also have access rights in the seventh round of the upcoming draft. In return, the Patriots are granted an access right in the fourth round of the transfer rights exchange, which begins on Thursday.
The Buccaneers have one of the best attack formations in the whole league on paper. In addition to the six-time Super Bowl champion Brady, who changed clubs for the first time in his professional career a few weeks ago, Gronkowski also includes the two star receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.
Brady and Gronkowski, who previously also only played for the Patriots, won the Super Bowl three times in their time there. Gronkowski, according to ESPN, caught Brady’s 78 touchdown passes, more than twice as many as any other player. Only five pairs in NFL history have scored more touchdowns together.
Gronkowski had ended his career after the 2018/2019 season and was most recently active as a wrestler. To what extent this can be reconciled with his comeback was initially unclear.