The Facts: Gronkowski has been retired for less than six months. Since then he's been asked a time or two if he's going to play football again. "An insane amount," he recently told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. "Everywhere I go. Everywhere." His latest answers won't quiet the question anytime soon.The former Patriots tight end asserted he would need just "a month" to ramp up training and get back on the field. "If that," Gronkowski added.
Diehards Line:Gronk went on to note he currently weighs 245 pounds, about 15-20 less than his playing weight. "I could easily go out there right now and go. Easily. For sure." Still just 30 years old, time off could just prove to be a necessary recharge given how much was left in the tank when he last took the field. Gronkowski capped off his final season with a key catch late in the Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Rams. He said he'll know that he's ready to return if the passion to play begins to linger within. ... It's something we'll continue to talk about until there's some resolution -- or at least a definitive answer.