Rob Gronkowski is enjoying retirement, for now.
The former New England Patriots tight end combined the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and noticed that this is the first time in years that he won’t be operating on a football field come August.
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«Just been relaxing, traveling, seeing the household, just enjoying myself, guy,» Gronk explained when asked what he’s been doing since retiring. «You want to know something? I never had an August away in my life. It’s gonna be somewhat different. That is when it is gonna start seeing the shift is when that comes about in August when I am not in training camp; I may not understand 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 closer to normal-person dimension. Recent pictures of the former tight end looked like he’d experienced a dramatic weight loss. After being listed at 268 pounds a year ago, Gronkowski told Eisen he has lost weight, but not as much as the picture suggests.
«I am down to 250 right now…» he said before fixing the picture. «It should have been the angle or the shirt which was on me. I ai not that skinny that the image going around [shows]. I have definitely lost some weight. I have been 260 because I was 18 years old, from 260 to enjoy 270. I just always wanted to find out what it feels like to get down, to feel light, to feel loose.»
Almost a 20-pound fall from his listed playing weight is important. Gronk seems to be pursuing Tom Brady’s pliability over poundability method.
While Gronk awakened on enjoying retirement, he didn’t discount the itch to return could pop up throughout the season.
«There is definitely going to be times when you miss it everything,» he explained. «I’d always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can’t really say how I will feel about it if the matches start rolling about and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time. I’m really good right now and it was just definitely something that I felt like it was the ideal time and the ideal thing to do. To possess that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing soccer for 15 years straight at a row of the grind. Just relaxing right now feels great.»
With that opening, Eisen decided to have a little fun with the ever-jovial Gronk.
The host role-played Brady requesting the tight end if he’d return.
«Thank you, I love you, I miss you, but I’m just relaxin’, Tommy,» Gronkowski replied chuckling.
There is no opportunity? Eisen prodded in his TB12 persona.
«Call me when you reach the playoffs,» Gronk responded, giggling along.
While obviously Gronk was joking around with Eisen about any sort of return, that will not stop Pats fans from keeping their hearts open in case he changes his tune once the weather gets colder.
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