Patriots' Gronkowski non-committal on future
Fresh off his third Super Bowl championship, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not want to comment about his NFL future Sunday night.
Instead, the 29-year-old said he wanted to enjoy the moment and be with his teammates. Questions have persisted about whether Gronkowski might call it quits on a grueling career that has included significant injuries and multiple surgeries.
"It's really not about that tonight, it's about celebrating with my team tonight," Gronkowski said in a postgame interview with NFL Network. "I'm going to take a few weeks, a week or two, see where I'm at, make a decision from there. But tonight it's about celebrating with the team, celebrating with everyone. We were grinding, what, seven months since training camp, putting the work on. It paid off, and now it's time to celebrate."
Gronkowski hauled in six catches for 87 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. His 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter helped to set up Sony Michel's 2-yard rushing touchdown, which put New England ahead for good.
The nine-year veteran tight end credited Tom Brady with putting the ball in a perfect spot.
"On that play, we saw that there was a matchup right there," Gronkowski said. "There was a linebacker on me, and that's when I knew the ball was going to come to me. I knew Tom was going to throw it up there and (I could) just run up and make the play. It was a crucial play, and Sony just did the job finishing it off with a touchdown, which was awesome."
Gronkowski was willing to clarify one question about his future: Yes, he planned to party Sunday night and beyond.
"Bill (Belichick) said he's partying tonight, and I ain't going to let him out-party me," Gronkowski said with a grin.