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Rob Gronkowski previews playing with Tom Brady again in Tampa Bay

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The opportunity to come out of retirement and reunite with Tom Brady was something that Rob Gronkowski couldn’t turn down. While he enters his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gronkowski spoke about his chance to catch passes from Brady again.

“I was feeling healthy,” Gronkowski said, via CBS Sports Radio. “I had that juice going again. When Tom and I talked a little bit and just thought about the situation and how we can pull it off and everything — everything went well. Everything went down as planned and the situations all lined up. I thought it was a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass on. It’s just going to be fun. It’s going to be cool.”

Following the conclusion of the 2018 season, Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons with the New England Patriots. With Tom Brady as his quarterback in New England, Gronkowski solidified himself as one of the most dominant tight ends in NFL history.

Despite his choice to walk away from the game, there were rumors that he could return to the Patriots in 2019. However, while he never fully shut the door on his return, Gronkowski admitted that the situation would need to be right for him to return.

Therefore, when Gronkowski saw Brady sign with the Buccaneers, he saw as good of an opportunity as any to return to the NFL. Even though he was technically under contract with the Patriots still, Gronkowski forced a trade to Tampa Bay earlier this offseason.

During his playing career and amid his retirement, Gronkowski has always prioritized having fun. Getting to have fun with his longtime quarterback and friend again was obviously a perfect reason to return for the All-Pro tight end.