Rob Gronkowski is the son of a mother, and that's good news for buccaneers.
The 31-year-old, who was traded from the Patriots to Bucs in April after deciding to retire, recently told Ellen DeGeneres that his move to Tampa Bay had more to do with his mother, Diane, than with his mother. old quarterback, Tom Brady.
"You know, everyone keeps asking me: & # 39; Tom took you to Tampa? & # 39; Well, of course it didn't hurt that Tom went to Tampa, you know, and the opportunity to go to Tampa was also there" said Gronkowski. "But you know, Tom was like the appetizer, and there are other reasons. I love the weather. But the main course, the main reason I came to Tampa to play is because my mom lives two hours away.
"She can watch all my games, all eight games at home. Whenever I have days off, she is two hours from the street and I see her. So she is super excited."
A lovely moment between mother and son, but also a very wise choice for Gronkowski, considering he is quarantined with his mother in Fort Myers, Florida. Choosing Brady over Mama Gronk in front of a television audience probably wouldn't have worked.
When asked by DeGeneres about why he retired after the 2018 season was over, Gronkowski said his body needed to recover from nine surgeries and numerous collisions during his game days.
"The moment I retired, I definitely felt it was the right decision," said Gronkowski. "I definitely needed a break from the game. I talked about it many times, I mean, I played football for 15, 16 years in a row. … I just feel like my body needed a little rest. I wasn't. sure whether I would go back to football or not at the time, but my body healed. "
After such a long time, away from defenders and defenders, Gronkowski feels "rejuvenated" and can't wait to put on his helmet and walking sticks.
And his mother will be watching whenever he enters the field.