Rob Gronkowski will be a pro wrestler eventually


Tony Romo left the NFL to become a professional broadcaster. You don't have to be a genius to figure out where Rob Gronkowski's own career is headed.

The Patriots tight end made yet another appearance on WWE programming this week, further aligning himself with wrestler and real-life buddy Mojo Rawley while continuing to build his feud with the heel Jinder Mahal during a SmackDown Live taping in Boston.

This came after Gronk made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 33, where he had a beer thrown in his face by Mahal before getting revenge via a textbook shoulder-block. (Bill Belichick, sitting alone in a large leather chair in his darkened study, crushed a glass tumbler in his hand when told of his tight end's extracurricular activities.)

Gronk is a perfect fit for the bigger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Even his name works. No gimmick necessary. Just be ... Gronk. It had me thinking yesterday:

Think about it. Gronk is one of the best tight ends in NFL history, but at almost 28 with a litany of significant injuries, it's not crazy to think the big galoot could leave the game sooner than expected. On the flip side, he could also have a 1,200-yard season with Tom Brady in 2025. Let's just call it a wide spectrum of crystal ball possibilities.

A few hours after my tweet, this landed:

Follow this scenario: In a year or two, the Patriots do their Patriots thing and make the bottom-line decision to part ways with a franchise stalwart. Gronk's career in New England is suddenly over. As the tight end surveys his options on the free-agent market, his agent gets a call from Vince McMahon, who makes a Godfather offer: McMahon will pay Gronk millions to become one of the WWE's most visible stars -- all while working on a part-time basis.

You're telling me he's not going to think about it? He's absolutely going to think about it.