Gronk contemplates his football future.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Press Conference: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski discusses the Bucs Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams at home in the NFL Playoffs, quarterback Tom Brady potentially retiring, and what the future holds for the man called Gronk. Footage courtesy of and provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization to TSC News.
(On his journey these last two seasons after coming out of retirement in 2020)
“It’s been an unbelievable ride. There’s no doubt about it. My decision for coming back was definitely solidified being here. I was very happy to come back and play football. Just being a part of this organization from [the front office], to all of my teammates here, I have much love for everyone in this organization. Last year, we won the Super Bowl – which is unbelievable. It’s unfortunate with how everything went yesterday, but it was still a very successful season, no doubt about that. To win the Super Bowl last season and get back in the playoffs this year, it’s hard. It’s a game of football. It’s hard to win. It’s hard to win one Super Bowl, so it’s hard to even go to the playoffs. Just to be part of this team, I’m proud of my teammates, proud of my coaches and just proud to be a part of the last two years.”
(On how the team handled injuries throughout the season)
“It’s the NFL, things happen. There’s never a year where you’re not dealing with an injury on a team. There’s really no such thing as that in the NFL. It’s basically with every team. I’m proud to be a part of this offense and proud of the guys that did step in and fill the roles that were open throughout the season, especially at the end of the season. Everyone gave it their all. There’s no doubt about that. We came in week-in and week-out and we gave it our all on the practice field and in meetings. No matter who it was, whoever stepped in, they made sure they brought it every single day. That’s just how the game is. There’s just no excuses at the end of the day.”
(On how he would describe how close the team was compared to previous rosters he played with)
“I’ve been a part of some really great locker rooms and I would say this one stacks up right to the top of it. The younger guys mesh with the older guys very, very well. That’s always a great thing to see. It’s always a great thing to see everyone jelling in the locker room no matter what the situation was and that’s how it was all year long. It’s a very close locker room throughout the whole board from the defensive side all the way to the offensive side to the special teams. Definitely a special bond and that’s what makes football so great is having that special bond with your teammates. It’s very hard to have that anywhere else in life. To have a team where everyone works together and have this many people on a team, just to build those relationships and bonds that we all have in this locker room, it’s something special to have that. This locker room is definitely up there, and everyone was very close.”
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