“Tom was like the appetizer for the whole meal,” says Gronk of the postman Brady in his retirement


Dressed in a white sweater and sitting next to a photo-coated wall in his New England home, a skinny Rob Gronkowski has admitted his hunger to make a comeback to football that started two months ago in earnest.

At the time, he was playing wrestling with a friend.

“We talked about it (for a second),” Gronkowski said during the Zoom conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “He certainly had the fire under me. “

The friend, of course, was Tom Brady, then still owned by the Patriots. And you know they talked about it for more than a second.

“If the opportunity presents itself … if there is a possibility, I would really like to reconnect,” Gronkowski told Brady. “He was fired and juicy about it. “

The rest is the story of the Buccaneers.

Brady signed in Tampa Bay last month and, on Tuesday, he was joined by his favorite tight end.

Of his demand for the fast-paced trade and his official announcement that he would return to play after a year-long retirement, Gronkowski said, “Tom was like the appetizer for the whole meal.

“Establishing a connection with a quarterback is something special,” he added. “We have great chemistry there and every time we get together it’s like the good old days in training. It was just the right opportunity. He got me hooked on the idea. “

Would he have retired if Brady had decided to stay in New England? Gronkowski said he would have considered the opportunity, but he was surely a diplomat.

“Coach (Bill Belichick) says all the time that this is not an easy place to play,” he said.

Because the Patriots, under Belichick, are all about football, about victory, all the time. In Tampa, when the world is right again, there will be a lot of entertainment: the beaches, the sun, fun, parties.

“I’m very grateful for the nine years (in New England,” said Gronk. “I have won so much of the best coach ever. I’m not going to sit here and say it’s an organization “Easy to play, but it proves you right. It gives you mental and physical reason. I have learned to block noise. This is one thing that I will bring with me.”

On Wednesday morning, just out of bed while still in his boxers, Gronkowski said he was carrying 250 pounds on his 6-foot-6 frame. Its playing weight is 262-265.

“To gain 10 pounds, I think it will be quite easy,” he said of his plan to have a few extra protein shakes with almond butter and blueberries every day.

“I just have to charge it.” “

And take up the challenge of preparing to return to the field while recognizing that it will be more difficult after being absent from the game for a year.

“My body needed 100% rest,” said Gronkowski. “I knew I loved football. I always did, but I had no fire last year to return.

“This passion ignited in me. I felt like for the past few weeks, it was the right time to go up, before it was too late. “

Gronkowski said he was not told how he would be used by Bucs coach Bruce Arians, but was “down for everything”. Friends of the game also told him that he would love to play for the Arians.

“It’s good to hear,” said Gronk, who is on a new mission to a new place, but will have to deal with it while playing wrestling with an old friend.

“I want to show that I can do what I have done all my career, especially when I was at its peak. “


While only a rich man who wants to share his wealth would take the field against Joe Burrow in a bet on which the Cincinnati Bengals will take with the first choice of the draft of Thursday, odds creators have Justin Hebert of Oregon as the second most likely quarterback. from Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. Famous player Kurt Warner says the player who intrigues him the most is Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, whom he compares to Russell Wilson. It’s not bad, right? … Where will the 32nd pick of all time (I suppose) observe the draft? “(Alabama WR) Jerry Jeudy invited me to go to his draft,” 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson 2019 told reporters during a conference call this week. “Then I could appear there. Jeudy, who should be far before the Ravens’ choice at 28, must be very close to Jackson. Or he plans to have a larger draft group than the 10 or less recommended … While Jeudy should go in the first round (as high as the ninth in Dan Bilicki’s Postmedia carpet project), concern has recently been expressed about his left knee, which he injured in 2018. His doctor sent letters to the 32 teams saying that he could play “without limitations” because of the injury of two years … The Dolphins know they must “hit a home run” this week with a plethora of choices (fifth, 18th, 26th and three others among the top 70). Seems impossible for them to withdraw.


The New Orleans Saints players told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that coach Sean Payton had informed them that there will be no off-season program this spring. Payton’s message to his troops: “No virtual training, no online meetings, no installation training, even if it is allowed. Show up in July for the best fit training camp of your life. About now, July sounds optimistic, doesn’t it? Now don’t you take it? … Generally, no team is required to participate in the “virtual period” from April 20 to May 15, but if someone decides to conduct an online training session in class, players receive the $ 235 per day they would receive if they were there. in person. It’s a lot of money for a day. Did you know that in New Orleans, $ 235 could buy you 58 Big Macs? … As he approaches his 32nd birthday, Percy Harvin wants to make his comeback. Hindered by injuries and migraines during his eight-year career, the Vikings’ former first-round pick hasn’t played in two games with the Bills in 2016. “I’m ready to return to the NFL,” he told ESPN. “I thought I was done but that itch came back. I trained with a former Olympian. My body feels good. Mentally, I’m better. My family is good. The timing is right. “


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