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Rob Gronkowski will ‘always keep the door open’ for NFL return to Patriots

Rob Gronkowski started his new job on Thursday, by watching his former work associates, the New England Patriots, take on the New York Giants on “Thursday Night Football.” In doing so, the now-FOX analyst and former Patriots tight end didn’t exactly shut the door on coming back.

On potentially coming back, Gronkowski said on Thursday, on the broadcast:

“I would have to be feeling it, feeling it big time to come back. It’s always going to be open in my mind. I love the game of football. I love playing the game, I love being around the game, I even love watching the game of football now.”

He then noted that the door exactly closed. “I’ll always keep it open. I’ll always keep the door open,” said the 30-year-old Gronkowski.

More fuel was added onto the fire pre-game. Patriots owner Robert Kraft noted that Gronkowski is yet to file retirement papers. Via James Palmer of NFL Network:

We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. We can always pray and hope …. That’s a good academic argument that there is hope for us still with Gronk.”

It’s possible that Gronkowski returns. However, to do so, he wants the NFL to legalize CBD, which he invests in. In all, his NFL career has a stat line of 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns. Though his resume may not have big numbers, he should find his way to Canton, Ohio; no matter if he sticks to retirement or not.