MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski raised some eyebrows Sunday night when he said he would "look at (his) future" in the NFL.
At age 28, Gronkowski had nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the Super Bowl. He was one of the more dominant players on the field — particularly in the second half — and he finished a season in which he was the best tight end in the league.
But Gronkowski has plenty of reason to consider retirement. He's had a number of injury woes in his career, including season-ending injuries to his back, knee and arm. He suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship game on a helmet-to-helmet hit, and would have plenty of marketing opportunities whenever he decided to leave the game.
When asked about Gronkowski's comments Monday, Bill Belichick noted that things are different directly after the final game of the season.
"At the end of every season, every person goes through somewhat of a process at the end of the season, and then the following season," Belichick said. "I think everybody that's involved in an NFL season, you get pretty drained especially after a season like this.
"I would say that five minutes after the game or the day after the game is not really the best time to make those decisions."