Rob Gronkowski to Make Retirement Decision in 'Next Week or Two'

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However, this one may have had an additional message.

Retirement talk has surrounded Gronkowski for much of the season, after he admitted to at least evaluating his future following last year's Super Bowl defeat.

That wasn't the only time Gronkowski went uncovered in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The lowest-scoring Super Bowl broke open when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels deployed an unconventional group with an empty backfield. Gronkowski was off-line in the slot, to the left, with running back Rex Burkhead lined up wide left. Paying out nearly $12 million to an aging tight end who missed three games and notched 682 yards isn't likely. As he was on the previous two plays, Julian Edelman was the only wide receiver on the field.

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Add in the soundtrack (Eminem's "Without Me", with the chorus "guess who's back?") and the ending text ("To be continued.") and you've got enough hints you could interpret as Brady "convincing" his all-world tight end to return for one more season. He also caught a dime from Brady for 18 yards to help propel the drive that ended with his 29-yard catch and the Michel touchdown.

"I knew it was going to come to me".

He launched the ball and Gronkowski reached out to catch the ball and put New England at the 2. He has shown a knack for coming alive when needed most during playoff games, but this is really when Gronk is at his best.

Two Super Bowls ago, Tom Brady's game jersey was stolen. No matter which way you went, so many story lines to follow in this one! Like a lot of weapons in Brady-led offenses, the raw stat sheet doesn't jump at you - six catches, 87 yards. Gronkowski said. "He knows to trust in me and throw that ball, and I'm going to go grab it". "He just had an incredible game". As they have so often done.