Rob Gronkowski Returning to NFL … as Commentator for Fox Sports

Gronk will join the Fox team for this week's "Thursday Night Football" broadcast

Rob Gronkowski Returning to NFL ... as Commentator for Fox Sports
Rob Gronkowski warms up prior to Super Bowl LIII. (Maddie Meyer/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / October 8, 2019 12:11 pm

Fresh off advocating for a CBD company he claims helped eliminate his aches and pains, Rob Gronkowski has teamed up with another three-letter entity: Fox.

The network announced on Tuesday that the three-time Super Bowl winner would be joining Fox Sports as an NFL analyst beginning with this week’s Thursday Night Football broadcast.

Coincidentally enough, TNF will feature Gronkowski’s former team, the New England Patriots, taking on the New York Giants.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Fox Sports,” Gronkowski said in a press release. “For the past 25 years, they’ve offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio. Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I’ll be able to learn from the best in the business.”

Gronkowski will join a pregame show with a team that already includes Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzalez.

It’s a great addition for Fox and the Thursday night broadcast, which has already started to surpass ESPN’s Monday Night Football. 

A five-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro, the 30-year-old retired during the offseason after notching 521 career receptions, 7,861 receiving yards and 79 receiving touchdowns, including 12 in the postseason.

While this move doesn’t completely end the speculation that Gronk could make a late-season return to the Patriots, it certainly seems like further evidence the first-ballot Hall of Famer’s NFL career is over.

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