On Sunday, March 24, New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski — arguably the greatest tight end in the history of the NFL — took to Instagram to announce his retirement from professional football after 9 glorious seasons in the National Football League.
However, unlike most retirees and similar to the likes of Michael Strahan and Pat McAfee, Gronk’s personality and brand will open more post-career doors for him than the majority of ex-NFL players.
That said, while most ex-professional athletes transition to play-by-play broadcasting or podcasting, Gronk’s post-football career path has an option unlike any we’ve ever seen from an ex-NFL star of his stature: the WWE.
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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.
A seemingly match made in heaven, Gronk — who is good friends with WWE star Mojo Rawley — has dabbled in professional wrestling before as he appeared at WrestleMania 33 back in 2017.
And as our brothers over at Busted Coverage pointed out, WWE Raw just so happens to be taping in Boston the day after Gronk announced his career-altering decision.
So while nothing official between Rob Gronkowski and the World Wrestling Entertainment company has been announced just yet, the two seems like a perfect pairing for each other in Gronk’s post-football life.
Gronk wouldn’t be the first former elite professional athlete to make the jump to wrestling, as former UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey signed a contract with the WWE back in 2018.
Rousey, the current Raw Women’s Champion, will be a part of the first all-female headlining event at Wrestlemania 35.
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