Rob Gronkowski Retiring? Why It’s Not as Crazy as You Might Think

Heading into Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, there were many NFL fans who wondered if they were about to watch Tom Brady play in his final NFL game. Even though Brady has gone on the record and said he plans to play for a few more seasons—and even though he just won the NFL MVP award—Brady is 40 and on the back nine of his NFL career. So it wouldn’t have been a huge shock if he had come out and said he was retiring after the game.

What was shocking, though, was that it wasn’t Brady talking retirement following the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Eagles at Super Bowl LII. Instead, it was Rob Gronkowski contemplating his future. As Gronk licked his wounds after losing the biggest game of the season, the 28-year-old was asked about a tweet Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio sent out on Sunday. It indicated Gronk might call it quits after playing in his third Super Bowl.

To the surprise of many, Gronk didn’t immediately shoot the tweet down. Rather, he said he plans to spend time thinking about his future during the offseason before making any decisions about whether or not he will continue to play football.

“I don’t know how you heard that,” Gronkowski said, “but I mean, I’m definitely gonna look at my future. We’ll sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

Gronkowski’s admission was stunning to many, but should we really be that surprised by it? It’s been seven years now since Gronk was able to play in a full NFL season. Since then, he’s sustained injuries to his arm, his knee, his back, and maybe most importantly, his head. He was questionable to even play in Super Bowl LII due to a concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars. And while it was only—er, “only”—the first concussion Gronkowski has ever officially been diagnosed with, it stands to reason that it probably got him to thinking about his long-term health.

Gronk is one of the few NFL players who could conceivably become an even bigger star once he retires from the league. Some have suggested he would be a perfect fit for the WWE and could build his brand there while protecting his body better than he can as an NFL player.

But regardless of what Gronk ultimately decides to do this offseason, it seems apparent that he’s not going to play until he’s 40 like Brady. Hell, he might not even reach 30. And if he does decide to end his career prematurely, it shouldn’t come as a surprise after seeing some of the things he’s endured in past seasons.

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WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.”

Original story is below.

Pro wrestling fans woke up to news of former WWE Cruiserweight Champion (and current member of the WWE's 205 Live roster) Rich Swann being arrested around midnight on December 10 on charges of battery and kidnapping / false imprisonment of an adult.

According to the police report that Gainesville PD provided, the incident was between Swann and his wife Vannarah Riggs, who is also a professional wrestler on the independent circuit. After a show Riggs performed at in Gainesville, the report says Swann was getting angry with Riggs after making remarks on her performance. Riggs is said to have gotten scared about the escalation of the argument, and got out of the vehicle they were both in. Swann reportedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of traffic and chased Riggs down to get her back into the vehicle. While she said she did not want to get back in the car, Swann is said to have grabbed Riggs by her arm then around her neck, putting her in a headlock and dragging her back to the car, pushing her back into the car.

Rich Swann mugshot
Image via Gainesville PD

There are two witnesses who saw the incident and contacted authorities. They both said they saw Swann chase Riggs down after she got out of the car and forcibly put her back into the vehicle. What's crazy is Swann's car was still moving when he hopped out to chase down Riggs, and it ended up hitting a telephone pole.

Riggs told police that Swann sometimes has a temper, which is why she was afraid, saying she thought his temper could result in physical violence. Swann, on the other hand, told police that he didn't grab Riggs and put her into the vehicle, saying he never touched her at all and that she got back into the car on her own. He said they'd been trying to get home and that her phone had the GPS so he needed her to return home.

Riggs, who has performed as Su Yung and even spent time in WWE's FCW developmental league under the name of Sonia, had been dating Swann for about five years. They got married in March of 2017.

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