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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says he hasn’t thought about retirement

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In spite of reports to the contrary, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says that he has not thought about retirement, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

“I was focused on L.A. the whole game, and it’s going to be the same thing this week,” said Gronkowski after the Patriots’ Divisional Round win over the Los Angeles Chargers. “I’m all-in right now. We’ve got the Kansas City Chiefs now. It’s going to be another week of preparation, and I haven’t thought about anything like that, so just got to go all-in, keep our focus and keep on doing what we’ve got to do, and I’ve got to keep on doing what I’ve got to do to help this team out to win next week.”

This is not the first time the retirement discussion has come up in reference to Gronkowski, as he flirted with the idea of retirement at the end of last season. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also came out with a report that those close to Gronk believe the tight end will indeed decide to retire at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old caught one pass for 25 yards during the Patriots’ victory over the Chargers.

On the year, Gronkowski has seen his production dip significantly, as he hauled in just 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns. For comparison’s sake, last year, Gronkowski caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight scores.

The Amherst, N.Y. native, who played his collegiate football at the University of Arizona, was originally selected by New England in the second round (42nd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

When healthy, Gronkowski has been one of the NFL’s most lethal pass-catchers throughout his career, but staying healthy has been a big issue for Gronk, as he has not played a full 16-game campaign since 2011.