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Tom Brady won’t attempt to lure Rob Gronkowski out of retirement

Whether or not Rob Gronkowski will ultimately decide to come out of retirement continues to be a frequent source of speculation. Even with the retired New England Patriots tight end not necessarily ruling anything out, Tom Brady is not interested in doing any lobbying to tip the scales.

Addressing his former teammate’s seemingly uncertain NFL future during his weekly appearance Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” Brady indicated he will play no part in trying to lure Gronkowski out of retirement.

“I love that guy. I’m so happy that he’s enjoying his time, his life,” Brady said, per WEEI. “He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what’s best for him. He’s the only person that can make those decisions. I don’t lobby for those things.”

Gronkowski took a job with FOX Sports last week and made his on-air debut during coverage of the Patriots’ win over the Giants on “Thursday Night Football.” Gronk was his typical self, but he also hinted that his football career may not be all said and done.

Either way, Brady on Monday made note that his former teammate’s contributions to the Patriots’ dynastic run already have cemented his legacy with the organization.

“I have a great relationship with him,” Brady said. “He’s given a hell of a lot to our team already over a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he’s brought to the team and what he’s brought to the region. I think he’s just a very special guy. He’s at a different phase of his life.”

The Patriots presumably would welcome Gronkowski back with open arms, but for now, it sounds like he’s content making inroads into the world of broadcasting. Brady jokingly said Gronk will deliver some “hard-hitting analysis” as a talking head, and it appears the Patriots quarterback is happy for his longtime pal and will not do anything to influence the situation.