Rob Gronkowski has his eye on life after football, and the WWE is ready to offer him a contract.
After the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and with the concussion he suffered in the AFC Championship Game surely in mind, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was non-committal about continuing to play next season. That kind of sentiment is not necessarily unique immediately after a disappointing loss, but with the litany of injuries he has had in his career retirement could easily be in play for Gronkowski.
Gronkowski could also be angling for the Patriots to improve his contract with the idea he is thinking about retirement. By all indications he has been very financially responsible, despite his party boy/frat boy image, saving his football salary and living solely off his endorsement money. But if he gives up football and wants to stay active, he may have another option to go to very quickly.
According to Dave Metzler in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via the New York Daily News, the WWE is interested in offering Gronkowski a full-time contract similar to the one it recently gave former MMA star Ronda Rousey.
Gronkowski appeared at WrestleMania last April, alongside close friend and former NFL player Mojo Rawley (real name Dean Muhtadi). Before the Super Bowl, Rawley suggested to TMZ Sports that “it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when” Gronkowski joined him in WWE. During that appearance at the organization’s most marquee event, the beginning of the groundwork for a second career could have been laid.
Gronkowski experience talking to the media should make for a simple transition to having a microphone in his hands as a pro wrestler, with the “Gronk” persona one that would transition well and can be developed. But let’s hope he’s not quite done playing football.