Rob Gronkowski is a mama’s boy, and that’s good news for the Buccaneers.
The 31-year-old tight end, who was traded from the Patriots to the Bucs in April after deciding to come out of retirement, recently told Ellen DeGeneres that his move to Tampa Bay had more to do with his mother, Diane, than his old quarterback, Tom Brady.
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“You know, everyone keeps asking me, ‘Did Tom get you to Tampa?’ Well, of course it didn’t hurt that Tom went to Tampa, you know, and the opportunity to go to Tampa was there too,” Gronkowski said. “But you know, Tom was like the appetizer, and then there’s a few other reasons. I love the weather. But the main course, the main reason why I came down to Tampa to play is because my mother lives two hours away.
“She can get to all my games, all eight of our home games. Whenever I have days off, she’s two hours down the street, and I get to see her. So she’s super excited.”
A lovely moment between mother and son, but also a very wise choice by Gronkowski considering he is quarantining with his mom in Fort Myers, Fla. Choosing Brady over Mama Gronk in front of a television audience probably wouldn’t have gone over well.
When asked by DeGeneres about why he retired following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Gronkowski said his body needed to recover from nine surgeries and countless collisions during his playing days.
“At the time when I retired, I definitely felt like it was the right decision,” Gronkowski said. “I definitely needed a break from the game. I’ve talked about it many times, I mean, I played football for 15, 16 years straight. … I just feel like my body needed a little rest. I wasn’t sure if I was ever gonna get back into football or not at the time, but my body healed up.”
After some much-needed time away from hard-hitting linebackers and defensive backs, Gronkowski feels “rejuvenated” and can’t wait to put the helmet and pads back on.
And his mother will be watching whenever he hits the field.