Rob Gronkowski, who has yet to commit to the 2018 NFL season, could join WWE according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.
Following the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, Gronkowski stated, “I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I’m going to sit down in the next couple weeks and see where I’m at.” The tight end has yet to make an official decision, but if he does retire, he has other opportunities waiting for him.
“I think that is more of a Gronkowski is going to make the call himself and I don’t think it is WWE is trying to — they are not going to outbid him,” Meltzer said during an appearance on WEEI’s “Dale & Holley with Keefe” on Wednesday. “They are not going to spend $10 million a year on him. But, if he’s done with football, are they interested in him? Yeah, it is pretty clear they are.”
Gronkowski is just 28 years old and still arguably the most productive tight end in the NFL, but his career has been littered with injuries, including a concussion suffered during the playoffs this past season.
While WWE might not pay Gronkowski as much as the Patriots annually, joining professional wrestling could open up further entertainment and endorsement opportunities. Earlier this off-season, there was a report Gronkowski was being recruited to Hollywood by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sylvester Stallone.
Gronkowski has already won a Super Bowl and established himself as one of the greatest to play his position, with other opportunities outside the NFL looming, it’s not impossible to see him making a change. Between professional wrestling and working with box-office superstars such as “The Rock” and Stallone, Gronkowski’s brand could grow larger when he leaves the Patriots.