Buccaneers need to accept harsh truth with former player

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

As much fun as it would be to imagine Rob Gronkowski coming back to save the Buccaneers when they need it most, we need to approach this topic with a bit more reason.

Buccaneers fans will always be some of the most optimistic people on the face of the planet. It doesn’t matter how bleak the situation is or how improbable a move appears, Bucs fans will be some of the first to hold onto hope of everything going their way.

This appears to be what is happening with the Rob Gronkowski retirement situation.

As per usual, Bucs fans are being a bit too optimistic that this is merely a way of getting out of the boring parts of training camp.

While that would make some sense for a veteran that has already made it clear in the past how little he enjoys that part of the season, it is also worth noting that this situation is different, and Gronk coming back at the last minute is not something that anyone needs to bank on.

Gronkowski has already retired from the NFL twice and has one miraculous return on his resume. The Hall of Famer coming back to get traded to the Bucs should’ve used up all of the luck that the Buccaneers had left after stealing Tom Brady in free agency. That happening again just doesn’t seem feasible.

The star tight end was already able to win a Super Bowl with his new team and one of his best friends. He played two seasons that showed the rest of the world that he still has gas left in the tank to be one of the best in the league. However, the injuries aren’t something you can overlook.

Much like every player that retires young, Gronk was trying to get out of the sport before it took more from him than he took from it. Continuing to push the envelope when injuries are already a chronic problem is not something that Gronk needs to do at this stage of his career or his life.

While the same was probably said before Rob Gronkowski returned from retirement for the first time, it is probably time to start accepting that you aren’t going to start changing his mind on that topic twice-even for another chance to win with the Buccaneers.

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