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Patriots’ Tom Brady claims he won’t lobby for Rob Gronkowski return

Don’t expect Tom Brady to push Rob Gronkowski to come out of retirement.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show on Monday morning, the New England Patriots quarterback said he won’t be lobbying for his former tight end to make a comeback:

“Look, I love that guy. I am so happy that he’s enjoying his time. I am happy that he’s enjoying his life.” Brady said. “He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what is best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don’t lobby for those things.”

Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL after last season and had made it a point to talk about how dangerous football is to players’ health ever since, noting how he endured a plethora of concussions during his nine-year playing career.

“I have a great relationship with him,” added Brady. “He has given actually a hell of a lot to our team already over the course of a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region. I think he’s a very special guy. He’s just in a different phase of his life.”

Many had been under the assumption that Gronkowski would only stay retired through the first half of the 2019 campaign before eventually returning as the playoffs drew closer, but it’s looking more and more like the 30-year-old is going to remain in street clothes.

Even without Gronk, New England has gotten off to a 6-0 start.