Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans says he would have nothing against Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement but adds he doesn't expect the former All-Pro tight end to return to football. Gronkowski retired from football a couple of seasons ago but returned after his close friend Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers in 2020.
After playing for two seasons in Tampa and helping the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl, Gronkowski decided to step away from professional football. After the Buccaneers' 2021 season ended, Gronkowski confirmed there was a chance of him calling it a career this offseason.
After taking five months to think about his next move, Gronkowski announced he decided to retire for the second time. "I hope he comes back," Evans told KPRC2. "With Tom and Gronk you never know. I wouldn't be mad if he came back, I'd be excited.
But I think he's done. He plays the tight end position with max effort, he takes a pretty big beating and I've seen his body after some of the games and I understand why (he retired)."
Evans doesn't expect Gronkowski to return
Two weeks ago, Gronkowski took to Instagram to share the news about his decision.
"In college, I was asked to write about a dream job opportunity that I wanted to pursue and where the location would be," Gronk wrote on Instagram. "Every time I had to write about my future, no matter what, I picked being a professional football player.
For that assignment though, we had to pick the location. So I wrote that I wanted to play in Tampa for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for many reasons, the sunny weather being #1. I completely forgot about writing this report until 2 years ago when I had the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
And let me tell ya, the journey in Tampa over the last 2 years has blown away what I originally wrote about in college, big time. And for this, I want to thank the whole entire first class Buccaneers organization for an amazing ride, trusting me to come back to play and help build a championship team.
I will now be going back into my retirement home, walking away from football again with my head held high knowing I gave it everything I had, good or bad, every time I stepped out on the field."