Gronkowski gave a shout-out to Brady during a video for the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to Brady in a digital ceremony on Sunday, April 24. It’s the latest of many awards throughout Brady’s storied 22-year career.
“Tom deserves to win this Lifetime Achievement Award because he’s been playing for nearly an entire lifetime, so he deserves a lifetime award. It only makes sense,” Gronkowski said with a smile. “One a serious note, Tom is the absolute best at what he does.”
“He’s an exceptional player on and off the field. He’s dedicated to the game, constantly working to improve himself and others each and everyday,” Gronkowski added. “And he’s always working to put the team in the best possible position to succeed each year, year in and year out.
“I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and as a friend,” Gronkowski continued. “Congrats, Tommy. You’re a lifetime achiever. Let’s go.”
Laureus is a worldwide organization that works to use sports as a vehicle for change around the globe, according to its website.
The latest Bucs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bucs newsletter here!
Brady: ‘I Was Very Fortunate’
“I’ve played the sport of American football for 31 years [high school to pros],” Brady said in his acceptance speech. “I was very fortunate to fall in love with the game that’s brought so many memorable moments in my life. This award was founded in the year 2000, when Nelson Mandela said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world,’ and I totally agree with that. Sport transcends borders, races, religions and ethnicities. It brings so many people together in a positive way. In my view, it brings the best out in individuals.”
“Pelé was voted for this Award in 2000. Billie Jean King was voted last year. People I really look up to. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. It is an incredible honor to achieve this tonight,” Brady added.
Gronkowski Dropping Another Hint?
Brady will return for the Bucs another season, but whether Gronkowski will remains to be seen. A free agent, the former Bucs tight end didn’t drop any hints in his award message, but he was recently spotted working out with Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry.
Gronkowski won’t play anywhere other than Tampa Bay, he told SB Nation’s Debbie Emery before the April 9 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. He hosted that event amid his many other offseason endorsement activities and event appearances. He also told Emery that’s where his focus is.
“It actually feels good right now to be free — not having any football over my head, working out when I want to work out,” Gronkowski told her. “If I go back to play football, it’s going to be for the Bucs.”
Gronkowski originally said during a January 24 press conference he wanted to take time to sort things out after the season. Following Brady’s return on March 13 after a 41-day retirement, Gronkowski told people at a Tampa area barbershop there’s “a very good chance” he would come back, too.
READ NEXT: Bruce Arians Reveals Gift From Tom Brady