Tom Brady Reacts to Rob Gronkowski’s Message

Brady & Gronk

Getty Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski celebrate a touchdown during the 2021 season.

Tom Brady hasn’t decided on his future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he has at least weighed in on Rob Gronkowski’s future.

Gronkowski and Brady face an offseason of uncertainty after the Buccaneers’ 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on January 23. Both Bucs stars are mulling whether to return for the 2022 season. On January 24, Gronkowski, a tight end who’s played 11 years in the NFL, tweeted a tribute to the season. Brady’s company, TB12 Sports, replied to the tweet by subtly encouraging Gronkowski to return.

“Year 11 in the books. What a ride it’s been,” Gronkowski wrote. “Grateful to the Bucs for giving me an opportunity to play another year. To my teammates, thank you for giving everything you had. The sweat we shed & memories made will never be forgotten. Thanks to the #Krewe too. Year 12?”

“You know how we feel about the number 12,” TB12 Sports tweeted in reply.

Brady, who wears No. 12 for the Bucs, has been throwing to Gronkowski for all 11 of the tight end’s seasons, first with the New England Patriots from 2010 to 2018. Despite rumors of Brady’s possible retirement at age 44, Gronkowski alluded to the potential of returning no matter what Brady does.

“There could be a scenario like that,” Gronkowski told the media on January 24. “I will never throw anything off the board because you never know how anything is ever going to play out. It’s the NFL. It’s one of the craziest businesses out there. You see organizations just totally flip year in and year out sometimes.”

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Gronkowski also drew reaction from Brady and the Bucs with an Instagram message Tuesday that mirrored his Twitter post. Brady replied with two heart emojis. The Bucs went with a more direct reply — a prayer emoji and a pair of hands emoji.

Gronkowski’s Timeframe for Deciding

Gronkowski likely could make his decision for next season before Brady makes his.

“I’m really going to basically do what’s best for myself in terms of the football world,” Gronkowski said. “It’s going to basically be a decision upon where I’m at in a couple of weeks.”

Brady will take “a month or longer,” according to sources via ESPN’s Jeff Darlington and Adam Schefter. Brady also discussed the topic on his “Let’s Go!” podcast on January 24. He told host Jim Gray that family will play a major role in his decision.

“You know, I said this a few years ago: It’s what relationships are all about. It’s not always what I want. It’s what we want as a family. I’m going to spend a lot of time with them and figure out in the future what’s next,” Brady told Gray.

TB12 Tweet a Hint?

TB12 Sports’ tweet on January 23, which included the hashtag #KeepGoing, seemed to hint that Brady might not be done.

“You win or you learn,” TB12 Sports posted. “There are no failures, only lessons. When you fall, you need to pick yourself up with greater enthusiasm than you went down. Now we look back on an incredible season, learn our lessons, and get up … because even greater things are coming.”

Gronkowski, 32, signed a one-year contract worth $8 million to play the 2021 season with the Buccaneers. He will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Brady, 44, signed a one-year extension in March 2021 to play at least one more year.

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Joe Herbert
Joe Herbert
6 months ago

I’m sorry to all the people who fail to recognize the greatness of this guy, and the positive messages he sends out week after week, year after year.
Always espouses the importance of improving through self reflection, and embracing shortcomings while sharing credit and accolades.
You would be hard pressed to find a better example of man and athlete to emulate.
No lack.of humility here.
Don’t mistake confidence for arrogance. TB 12 was raised right.

6 months ago

Jan Lee, my friend you obviously don’t a have no clue about TB12!

Jan Lee
Jan Lee
6 months ago

Was sweet to see you lose, Tom Brady. You epitomize the arrogance of many football players. The unconscionable money you make to play a game . What you and many players get away with. ( ie. Defiant destructive AB)Your obsession with your own fame …so you can’t leave it. And this country’s obsession with football. Being entertained more important than justice and wellness and taking care of our most vulnerable.

Troy Deslatte
Troy Deslatte
6 months ago
Reply to  Jan Lee

Jan, go do the dishes and fix me a sandwich!

James Hindal Sr.
James Hindal Sr.
6 months ago
Reply to  Jan Lee

Are you being serious right now? Or just trolling? First, if you seriously only do work for the needy then great! But I highly doubt that you never take a break from your do gooding. Just watching a football game is not obsessing.
Secondly, you group everyone without
specificity, which weakens your case.
Thirdly, it’s no one’s business what a person’s wages are. Unless you work for the IRS. Are you jealous? Can you win 7 championships in philanthropy? If you can, then you should be paid for it.
Finally, I have always thought Tom was pretty good at not sporting a record 7 without being irritating. If he did, I’d have no problem with it.

You ma’am simply have a chip on your shoulder; or possibly need laid.


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