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Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski says he’s not planning a return

BOSTON — Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski said Tuesday that his retirement was final and that he was now focused on business ventures with his family.

“I’m done with football,” Gronkowski said Tuesday in Boston.

“I love the game. Certainly blessed with all the opportunities that the game of football and relationships have given me – evidently here with the New England Patriots for nine seasons and down in Tampa for two. But done with football and stepping into the business world, business ventures and just seeing what’s out there and where I can find my place.”

Gronkowski called the Bucs on June 13, shortly after the team’s three-day minicamp concluded, to update them of his plans to retire and made his public announcement on June 21.

The event Gronkowski attended on Tuesday was sponsored by IceShaker, his brother Chris’ company, which Gronkowski said he plans to be involved with after he’s done playing.

When asked about his agent Drew Rosenhaus, who said it might be difficult for Gronkowski to turn down Tom Brady if Brady asked him to return to football, Gronkowski said that would not happen.

“Drew is the best football agent out there and he loves everything NFL related and always loves to see his players play,” he said.

“I would answer, of course, greatest quarterback of all time. Ask him how he’s doing. Tell him I’m fine. But I wouldn’t go back to football – no.”

Gronkowski, 33, previously resigned after the 2018 season with the Patriots because of injuries. He largely credits Brady with setting the expectations for his career, and it was Brady who brought him out of retirement to play for the Bucs in 2020.

Information from ESPN’s Jenna Laine was used in this report.

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