Retired Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Admits He Doesn’t Know How He’ll Feel When the Season Starts

Rob Gronkowski is enjoying retirement during the ongoing twilight of the NFL offseason.

That’s all he’ll say. That’s all he knows.

As for September, when the Patriots will kick off their 2019 campaign without him against the Steelers, Gronkowski can’t say, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

“There’s definitely going to be times when you miss it and everything,” he said on the Rich Eisen Show Wednesday. “I would always say that it’s still the offseason right now. I mean I can’t really say how I’m going to feel about it when the games start rolling around and everything. You know, I just felt like it was time. I feel really good right now and it was just definitely something I felt like it was the right time and the right thing to do. ”

“To have that load off your back, I mean I’ve been playing football for 15 years straight in a row of that grind. Just relaxing right now feels good.”

Gronkowski shared he’s lost weight since New England won Super Bowl LIII over the Rams in early February. The future Hall of Famer says he weighs 250 pounds after tipping the scales between 260 and 270 over his entire nine-year career. Gronkowski announced his retirement last March.

New England will return to the field on July 25 for the start of training camp. Gronkowski says this far he’s spent his early retirement “relaxing, traveling, seeing the family.” Who knows how long that will last when the rest of the Patriots are soon hard at work.

“You want to know something? I never had an August off in my life. So, it’s gonna be a little different,” Gronk said. “That’s when it’s gonna start really seeing the change is when that comes around in August when I’m not in training camp; I might not know what to do with myself.”

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