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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski talks about his offseason in the headlines

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He’s ready for 2018.

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent much of the offseason in the headlines. There were concerns that he might retire after the Super Bowl, or that he wanted to go into acting, or that the Patriots were thinking of trading him at the draft, or that Gronkowski needed a new contract before he’d come back to Gillette Stadium.

Nah.

The All Pro tight end spoke with Sports Illustrated to get the inside information around his offseason.

On his internal debate on potential retirement

“I was seeing how I was recovering, how my body was feeling. Taking a little break mentally and physically from the game. Just seeing how I felt and seeing if I wanted to do it another year and if I was able to endure another season. That was the main thing. I feel like I’m ready to go, physically and mentally.”

On why he sat out of camp in May

“Keep the body fresh and mentally and physically take a little break, off the body, off the mind. See where I was at. Now I am definitely ready to get back to football and play the game.”

On Tom Brady

“He looks good. He looks the same as when I first got there, which is unbelievable. His work ethic is second to none. It’s just unreal, what he’s been accomplishing, how he’s still going and how he looks. [...] He’s got nice skin. That’s why he still looks young—he’s got nice skin. He’s 41, he don’t look 41.”

Read the full interview here.