Gronk brushes off question about his future, but his answer could be a clue that he has already decided to retire

  • The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
  • After the game, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski deflected questions regarding his potential retirement.
  • While Gronkowski said it's a decision that would be made "in a week or two," his response made it seem likely he had played his last game in the NFL.

The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13-3, in Super Bowl LIII, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick lifting the Lombardi Trophy for the sixth time in 18 years.

After the game, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked about his NFL future. Rumors of his potential retirement had loomed over the lead-up to the Super Bowl, as Gronkowski had considered hanging up his cleats last season before deciding to come back for the 2018 NFL season.

"Tonight it's about celebrating with my teammates, and that decision will be made in a week or two," Gronkowski told reporters after the game. "Tonight, that's what it's about — it's about celebrating with my teammates, and that's what I'm worried about tonight. We're going to have a good time, Bill told me he's partying, so you know it's going to be good."

While Gronk is claiming his decision on next year hasn't been made, what was left unsaid does seem to imply that his retirement is more likely than not.

If Gronk hasn't decided on next year yet, it doesn't make sense that he's scheduled the answer to the question to come in a week or two. If there's a date in mind for an announcement, it means there is an announcement, and if there is an announcement, it means he's likely retiring. Otherwise, why not wait until he is sure about he wants to do.

It's also worth mentioning that Gronkowski has toyed with the idea of a post-football career in Hollywood, and seems rather keen on the idea. He's already had turns in films and movies and even made a brief appearance in the WWE ring at WrestleMania in 2017.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
DETROIT - NOVEMBER 21: New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski signals first down in front of Detroit Lions DeAndre Levy after Gronkowski's 26-yard reception during fourth quarter action at Ford Field on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
26 December 2010: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) talks to New England Patriots Owner Rober Kraft (r) during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH - NOVEMBER 6: New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski's 19 yard reception as he runs past New York Giants Mathias Kiwanuka during 4th quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH - DECEMBER 4: The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (#87) avoids a tackle by the Colts' A.J. Edds (#52) and leaves Ernie Sims (#55) behind, scoring his 3rd touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter. The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium, in week 13 of the NFL regular season, in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 28: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is all smiles as he talks to a TV photographer around his locker after being named to the Pro Bowl team. The Patriots were preparing for Sunday's regular season finale today at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 14: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (#87) catches a deep pass from Tom Brady (#12) for 28 yards to the Denver 4-yard-line and is pushed out of bounds by S Rafael Bush (#36). The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2011. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (#87) on the field during pregame warmup before the start of Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: (L-R) Brothers Dan Gronkowski, Gordie Gronkowski, Rob Gronkowski and Glenn Gronkowski arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - NOVEMBER 3: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (left) and tight end Rob Gronkowski after they hooked up on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The New England Patriots hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium, Nov. 3, 2013. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 8: Teammates, including Stevan Ridley (#22), rally around Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as he is about to be carted off the field with a leg injury. The New England Patriots hosted the Cleveland Browns in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 5: (Third quarter) New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski's tongue out touchdown reception against the Cincinnati Bengals during third quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, October 5, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 16: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Patriots defeated the Colts 42-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a first down reception against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of the NFL game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates while holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks as Tom Brady #12 looks on during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
February 4, 2015: Rob Gronkowski pounds another beer. The New England Patriots paraded through the streets of Boston to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski throws a Clipper color football to the fans during a time out in the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 89-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on late in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 and Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski scored a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 29: New England Patriots Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pumps his fist after getting injured on a pass play against the Denver Broncos during fourth quarter action. The Denver Broncos hosted the New England Patriots for a regular season NFL game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring his second touchdown with teammates in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots prepares to throw out the first pitch before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park on July 19, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 13: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiles as he speaks to reporters before the Patriots practiced at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Oct. 13, 2016. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots celebrate during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 3: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Tom Brady #12 after stealing his jersey before the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 12: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots stands with teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 12, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 3: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots walks to the locker room after warming up for a game against the Buffalo Bills on December 3, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Regardless of Gronkowski's decision, he'll go down as one of the most dominant tight ends in NFL history. If he chooses to retire, he'll exit the league as a reigning champion, with three Super Bowl rings to his name.

And if he surprises the league and does choose to come back for one more season, he's clearly still got something to offer — coming down with six catches for 87 yards in the Super Bowl as he did against the Rams on Sunday is no small feat.

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