Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski thinks Tom Brady will return to the NFL

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Rob Gronkowski thinks Tom Brady will return to the NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski says he wouldn't be surprised of Tom Brady returned to the NFL. Brady, 44, announced his retirement from the NFL two weeks ago. Gronkowski has never played with a quarterback not named Brady.

Gronkowski is a four-time Super Bowl champion. Gronkowski and Brady won three Super Bowls together during their time with the New England Patrots. After Brady signed with the Buccaneers, Gronkowski came out of retirement and joined Brady in Tampa.

Brady and Gronkowski helped Tampa Bay with the Super Bowl last year. "The guy can play at any age,'' Gronkowski said, per Josh Peter. "If he's 50 years old, he can still come back. I think he's going to come back, but in a couple of years.

The guy's a beast. He can play anytime."

Brady on his decision to retire

“I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition—if a 100% competitive commitment isn't there, you won't succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game,” Brady wrote in a statement.

“There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.

“This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention”.

Just a week after retiring, Brady appeared to leave the door open for a potential comeback. "I'm just gonna take things as they come," Brady told Jim Gray on the podcast. "I think that's the best way to put it, and ...

you never say never. At the same time, I know that ... I feel very good about my decision. I don't know how I'll feel six months from now ... It most likely won't (change). But I try to make the best possible decision I can in the moment, which I did this last week.

And, again, I think it's not looking to reverse course; I'm definitely not looking to do that. But (at) the same time, I think you have to be realistic that you never know what challenges there are gonna be in life."