Patriots' Gronkowski mulling retirement to pursue Hollywood career as actor, reports say
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is reportedly considering retiring from football to pursue a career in Hollywood as an actor.
Citing a source, Bill Burt of The Eagle-Tribune reported Tuesday night that Gronkowski has been told by two acting superstars, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Sylvester Stallone, that he could make millions of dollars in action films.
Despite an impressive performance in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the 28-year-old Gronkowski would not commit to playing next season in the wake of New England's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gronkowski has told friends that the injuries have "taken a toll on him," according to the newspaper report.
He is expected to make $8 million in base salary in 2018, but the contract does have an opt-out clause.
"I don't know how you heard that, but I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said Sunday night after catching nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. "We'll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at. I'm not ready for these types of questions right now. I'm just going to sit down, reflect on the season, talk to my teammates."
Gronkowski returned to action in the Super Bowl after getting knocked out of the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 21 due to a concussion. With his two touchdown catches of throws from Tom Brady, the duo tied Joe Montana and Jerry Rice for the most TD connections in NFL postseason history with 12.
In the 2017 regular season, Gronkowski caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns, his fourth career season with at least 1,000 yards. He sat out two games, one due to a thigh contusion and the other because of an NFL suspension for a late hit on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.
A second-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Arizona, Gronkowski has 474 career catches for 7,179 yards and 76 touchdowns in 102 games. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion, a five-time Pro Bowl honoree and a five-time All-Pro.
Gronkowski missed much of the 2013 season after multiple forearm surgeries, then returned to win Comeback Player of the Year in 2014.
He also played in just eight games in 2016, missing time due to a hamstring injury, a pulmonary contusion and a herniated disk that ultimately led to back surgery.