Glimmer of hope? Perhaps Rob Gronkowski's comments hint at return

Everything seemed set up for a Rob Gronkowski retirement.

Gronkowski mentioned retirement last year, came back and had a season that was beneath his standards. He has taken a lot of punishment over the years. But he did come up with the biggest play of Super Bowl LIII. That win would have been a perfect sendoff for a great player.

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Yet, maybe he’s not ready for a sendoff? Comments he reportedly made after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory seem to provide at least some hope that Gronk might not be done.

Rob Gronkowski wants to win again

After Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, said on ESPN that he expects Gronkowski’s decision to come in the next couple weeks, NFL Media Mike Giardi said Gronkowski was telling teammates and associates in the days after the Super Bowl that he wanted to win another one.

That’s not a verbal contract Gronkowski will be back in 2019. It might ultimately mean nothing. But Patriots fans will take any good news on that front.

Gronkowski has reasons to return

On one hand, there’s not much reason for Gronkowski to come back. He has Super Bowl rings. He’ll be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day. He has said repeatedly he hasn’t touched any of the NFL salary he has made over the years, living off his endorsement money instead. His body is wearing down; we could see that last season.

Yet, the game is hard to walk away from. Gronkowski had a vintage game in the Super Bowl and should feel he can still play at a productive level for a team that should compete for another championship next season. Another Super Bowl, or even a rebound season after an injury-filled 2018, would help Gronkowski’s legacy.

Gronk’s final decision hasn’t been made, apparently. The game is better off with him in it. We’ll see if the allure of another ring is enough to bring him back.

Related: Pats players post from Super Bowl parade: 

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Boston. You are insane. #LFG
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LFG My Bro’s

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy shows the depth of the crowd on an unseasonably warm Boston day.

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Jason McCourty (right) celebrates with former Cleveland Browns teammate Danny Shelton after the two experienced a 0-16 season last year.

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Jason (left) and Devin McCourty celebrate with their mother, Phyllis Harrell.

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Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who made a game-saving interception in the Super Bowl, donned a "Happy Gilmore" tee at the celebration.

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Twin brothers Jason (30) and Devin (32) McCourty are seen on Stephon Gilmore's Instagram story.

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Patriots players, including Jason McCourty, celebrate on a duck boat.

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Safety Duron Harmon, right, wore Tom Brady's high school jersey to the parade.

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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman holds the Lombardi Trophy.

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A shirtless Rob Gronkowski celebrates with running backs Sony Michel, left, and James White, right, on White's Instagram story.

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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman addresses the crowd of roughly one million Patriots fans.

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Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman holds the Lombardi Trophy.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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