How a reporter knew that he was considering retirement was something which bemused Rob Gronkowski following last night's Super Bowl defeat for the New England Patriots.
The tight-end scored two touchdowns and caught nine passes for 116 yards as the Patriots lost a thriller to the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I don't know how you heard that," said Gronkowski when asked about a pre-game report which suggested retirement was a possibility.
Though, it was a prospect which he did not deny. "I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure. I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."
Asked what would make him consider retirement, Growkowski - who was drafted by the Patriots in 2010 - said the line of questions was one for which he was not ready.
I'm just going to sit down, reflect on the season, probably talking to my teammates. We fought all year long - all the receivers, running backs, linemen - we put all the work in together. I'm just going to reflect on the season, I'm proud of the boys and just see what happens.
Gronkowski said concussion was not a factor in considering his future in the sport. When questioned about his health, the 28-year-old said he "felt 100% for being a football player".
"There's no such thing as 100%, but I was good."
Rob Gronkowski said he was going to reflect on his future when asked if he’s considering retiring.
He wouldn’t commit to returning in 2018. pic.twitter.com/ApdZKKMqyM
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) February 5, 2018