NFL Analyst: Bill Belichick wouldn’t let a late Rob Gronkowski return mess up the team
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By Jordy McElroy

If Rob Gronkowski isn’t spiking footballs for the New England Patriots at the beginning of the season, there’s a good chance he won’t be spiking late in the season, either, according to NFL analyst and former Detroit Lion Andre Fluellen.

The legendary tight end appears to be basking in the speculation surrounding his retirement. During a role-playing segment on The Rich Eisen Show, Gronkowski was asked if he’d consider returning to football if he received a phone call from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady asking him to come back to the team.

“Call me when you get to the playoffs,” Gronkowski cracked.

What was likely a punchline to a playful segment stirred up a media storm of multiple analysts openly searching for real meaning behind the comment. It simply proved there are a bunch of people still out there not ready to concede that Gronkowski is done with football.

But what if he wasn’t joking? What if Gronkowski really was willing to come out of retirement if Brady picked up the phone?

On NFL Total Access, Fluellen argued that coach Bill Belichick would be the one to intervene if the future Hall of Famer opted to return in the middle of the season. He was even snazzy enough to use an X-Men reference to explain his...



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