Rob Gronkowski is enjoying retirement, for today.
The former New England Patriots tight end joined the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and noted that this is the very first time in years he will not be operating on a soccer field come August.
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“Just been relaxing, traveling, seeing the household, only enjoying myself, guy,” Gronk explained when asked what he has been performing since retiring. “You want to know something? I never had an August off in my life. It’s gonna be somewhat different. That is when it’s gonna start seeing the change is when that comes about in August when I’m not in training camp; I might not know exactly what to do with myself.”
Gronk looks just like a man not preparing for the rigors of this season, together with his once-jacked framework diminishing down nearer to normal-person size. Recent images of the end looked like he had undergone a dramatic weight loss. After being recorded at 268 pounds last season, Gronkowski told Eisen he’s lost weight, but maybe not as much as the image indicates.
“I am down to 250 right now…” he said before addressing the picture. “It should have become the angle or the shirt that was on me. I ain’t that skinny the image going around [shows]. I have lost some weight. I have been 260 because I was 18 years old, from 260 to enjoy 270. I just always wanted to see exactly what it feels like to get down, to feel mild, to feel loose.”
Almost a 20-pound fall out of his listed playing weight is significant. Gronk appears to be pursuing Tom Brady’s pliability over poundability method.
While Gronk doubled down on enjoying retirement, he did not dismiss the itch to reunite might pop up during the season.
“There is definitely going to be times when you miss it everything,” he said. “I’d always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can not really say how I will feel about it if the games begin rolling about and everything. You know, I just felt as though it was time. I feel really good at the moment and it was only definitely something that I felt as though it was the right time and the ideal thing to do. To have that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing soccer for 15 decades straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good.”
With this opening, Eisen decided to have a little fun with all the ever-jovial Gronk.
The host role-played Brady asking the tight end if he’d return.
“Thank you, I adore you, I miss you, but I’m just relaxin’, Tommy,” Gronkowski replied chuckling.
There is no chance? Eisen prodded within his TB12 character.
“Call me when you get to the playoffs,” Gronk responded, giggling along.
While obviously Gronk was joking around with Eisen about any sort of return, which will not stop Pats fans from keeping their hearts open if he changes his tune once the weather gets colder.