Gronkowski has been one of the most dominant tight ends ever, but that has come at a price. Defenses have no issue going for his knees or using extra force to take him down. Because of this, Gronk has been dealing with a host of medical issues and the wear on his body must be excruciating.
Nine seasons into his career, the Arizona alum is already third all-time in receiving touchdowns among tight ends—with four All-Pro team selections. After winning three Super Bowls, there is nothing left for him to accomplish. He should save his body and retire.
True competitors squeeze every ounce of their talent until there is no more left. Leaving everything on the field is an honor and privilege that Gronk has the opportunity to uphold and he should come back if he is still standing.
At 29 years old, Gronkowski is still in the prime of his career. He is still a long way from topping Tony Gonzalez's career yards and receptions marks. He is also not close to equalling Antonio Gates' career touchdown mark for tight ends. There is still a lot of Gronkowski to accomplish. He shouldn't walk away from the game when he can rewrite the record books.