Former New England TE Rob Gronkowski lands new role on TV
The loquacious retired tight end from the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, has landed a new job.
Gronkowski has been hired by FOX to appear as a regular analyst for FOX NFL Sunday, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported. “A dynamic role for future Hall of Famer.”
Since retiring, Gronkowski has chronicled the injuries and pain he suffered during his NFL career, and why he retired at age 29. He played at Arizona before the Patriots drafted him in the second round in 2010.
Gronkowski has partnered with a brand of CBD cream, for which he is a spokesman and an investor. His plan, besides making a profit, is to lobby the NFL to legalize the use of CBD, or cannabidiol, a compound derived from hemp and marijuana that doesn’t cause a high, as pain relief for players, the Associated Press reported.
The three-time Super Bowl winner played nine seasons with the Patriots. He has so far deflected questions about returning to the NFL.
“Maybe down the road. I have to have that passion,” he told NFL.com. “I have to have the fire. I’m not going to go out there and be beat the (expletive) up. That’s not the way to live.”
Gronkowski said he’s “enjoying life” outside of football and is finally pain-free, noting the quad injury suffered during the Super Bowl convinced him he should walk away from the NFL.
“I needed to recover. I was not in a good place. Football was bringing me down,” he said.