Rob Gronkowski had a very limited NFL career, playing for only two teams: the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, there was a moment when it appeared he might join the Detroit Lions before the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Lions and Patriots had a potential trade agreement in place, but Gronkowski ultimately blocked the deal by threatening retirement.
Some interpreted this as a gesture of disrespect towards Detroit.
In a recent interview with NFL insider Peter Schrager, Gronk shed light on the situation, explaining that he was determined to play for the Patriots and would have threatened retirement regardless of the team involved in trade talks.
Rob Gronkowski was almost traded to the Detroit Lions.
He wasn’t having it.
He tells the incredible story — with some bleeps— here, on this week’s episode of “The Season with Peter Schrager”.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) July 26, 2023
He stated that it was “Patriots or nothing” for him, as he wanted to win another Super Bowl with New England.
Ultimately, Gronkowski and the Patriots won the Super Bowl that season. However, he did retire for the 2019 season, only to return in 2020 and secure another Super Bowl victory with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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