Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and a sure-fire choice for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Despite all of the winning and accolades, Gronk also encountered a slew of significant injuries en route to ultimately deciding to retire from the NFL at the age of 29 back in March 2019.
However, Gronk is now officially back, as the veteran tight end was recently traded from the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After 18 months away from the game, Gronkowski will once again team up with his former running mate in quarterback Tom Brady, who made his way to Tampa Bay by way of free agency earlier this offseason.
While it still remains to be seen as to what exactly this legendary Patriots tandem will bring to a new franchise in the Buccaneers, one thing is for sure: it is going to be fun.
Even though Gronk's retirement didn't even last two years, his brief stint away from the game was definitely memorable — to say the least.
Gronkowski Wins WWE 24/7 Championship At WrestleMania 36
Not only did Rob Gronkowski participate at WrestleMania 36, but he also hosted the entire event while even winning a title in the process.
Wasting absolutely no time in taking over the two-night event, Gronkowski ultimately defeated his good friend Mojo Rawley — and a few other superstars — to become the WWE 24/7 Champion, a title that can be defended “anytime, anywhere” (something that the professional wrestling juggernaut has made abundantly clear).
This is where things get interesting though, as Gronk remains the current WWE 24/7 Champion despite officially making his way back to football. Perhaps, the WWE and NFL can work something out to ensure that this portion of his retirement overlaps with phase two of his playing career.
Rob Hosts “GRONK BEACH Big Game Weekend Miami 2020” At Super Bowl LIV
A three-time Super Bowl Champion as a member of the Patriots, Gronkowski made sure that he wouldn't miss out on the annual event this past season even though he briefly hung up his cleats.
Winning his latest title with the Patriots in 2018-19, which was his final season in New England just before retirement, Gronkowski made his way to Miami for Super LIV while hosting a massive beach-themed party in the process.
It is safe to say that this past season and Super Bowl were a success for Gronk despite the fact that he wasn't even on a NFL team for it.
Steve Harvey's New Year's Eve Ruined
During his time away from the gridiron, Gronkowski seemingly did everything in his power to remain both relevant and in the limelight.
Aiding such a notion in a massive way, Gronk took part in the crossover from 2019 to 2020 while celebrating New Year's Eve in New York City. Unfortunately for the legendary Steve Harvey, the Buccaneers newcomer just couldn't resist showing off his patented “Gronk Spike.”
Luckily for Gronkowski though, Harvey has since publicly forgiven him for spiking his LEGO bust.
Who Is The White Tiger?
With everyone and their mother seemingly participating in FOX's hit television show “The Masked Singer,” how could Gronk not join in on the fun
Adding to his quick yet memorable legacy in retirement, Gronkowski made his appearance on FOX's “The Masked Singer” as the White Tiger. he was ultimate revealed as the man behind the Tiger mask on Season 3, Episode 10 of the ongoing program.
Quite literally, nothing was out of the realm of possibility for the briefly retired Gronkowski, who took advantage of each and every opportunity throne his way — “The Masked Singer” included.
Now, it remains to be seen as to what exactly Gronk will pull out of his bag of tricks in Tampa Bay — both on and off the field. However, Gronkowski has always tried to put football first. With that said, his antics away from the gridiron will surely slow down now that he is back in the fold in the NFL.
It will also be hard to top his string of appearances over the course of the last 18 months or so, even while playing on national television on a weekly basis with the Buccaneers.