Tom Brady on GHS expresses support for Gronk's retirement: It's been fun to see him 'regaining his outward spirit'

Alex Reimer
August 12, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Tom Brady may wish Rob Gronkowski were catching passes from him at training camp rather than getting slimed at the “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports 2019” extravaganza. But TB12 says he just wants his friend to be happy.

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In his first interview of the season on the “Greg Hill Show,” Brady explained why he understands Gronk decided to hang up his cleats –– at least for now. “Gronk is a great friend; he always will be,” Brady said. “I’m excited for him and the choices he’s making. For all of us, you look at pro football, it’s a pressure-packed environment. You have to perform every single day. It’s a lot to take on. To see him kind of regaining his outward spirit has been fun to see. He’s enjoying himself. I think everyone who knows him just wants the best for him.”

Gronkowski’s weight has been a point of speculation in recent months, with the ex-tight end looking noticeably thinner, including in a new video of him dancing with a small dog. But Brady, who responded incredulously when Hill said Gronk looks like he’s down 50 pounds –– “Oh my God! No!” –– said Gronkowski is still a force to be reckoned with.

“He’s down only 15 pounds,” Brady said. “He’s 6-foot-7. He’s still a monster.”

On the topic of Josh Gordon, Brady sounded a little more distant, emphasizing how much work it takes to make the Patriots out of training camp. Gordon reportedly filed for reinstatement to the NFL earlier this summer. The Patriots control his rights.

“We all support him,” Brady said. “The guys on the team have been working hard. You saw in the preseason game the other night, they made a bunch of plays –– the receivers did. At this point in the year, nobody knows what their team is going to be like. It’s all a lot of hope and hype right now. You can’t really buy into either of those things. You just have to worry about the process: just putting your head down, getting out there to work. We’re practicing today, we’re going to Tennessee tomorrow. The guys who make this team are going to have earned it. To play on the Patriots is a great privilege, and you have to work your tail off to make it. Whoever makes it, makes it, that’s our coaches’ decisions. So we have to come together as a team, and put our best team out there.”

Speaking of coming together, there was some speculation on social media about Brady’s seemingly muted reaction following rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s touchdown drive in the Patriots’ preseason opener against the Lions, especially in comparison to how he reacted when veteran backup Brian Hoyer led the Patriots down the field. 

Brady, unsurprisingly, dismissed the armchair mind-reading. “I haven’t even heard that. From the other night?! Oh man, that’s crazy. That’s crazy,” he said. “I’m glad I don’t listen to sports (talk radio) sometimes. … You guys have to talk about a lot of stuff. I totally understand that. But it is what it is. I was happy for everyone the other night. That was really great. Brian played great; Jarrett played great. The defense has been playing well all training camp. It’s just fun to see everyone get out there and perform.

“I definitely don’t like watching football for three hours standing out on the sideline. It’s not one of my favorite things to do. I’d much rather be out there playing. If you can take anything out of that game, I think you could do take that.”


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