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    Gronk talks Tom Brady retirement, return to NFL at Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards

    Rob Gronkowski is taking advantage of the offseason as all the time. The four-time Tremendous Bowl champion is retaining himself busy by doing every part … besides really deciding whether or not he desires to return to the NFL subsequent season.

    Everyone knows that Gronk is a big child at coronary heart, and now the 32-year-old youngster in measurement 16 sneakers is internet hosting the Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards on Saturday, alongside iCarly actress Miranda Cosgrove. In between getting slimed and hanging out with Nickelodeon favorites like Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, Elizabeth Olsen and Awkwafina, Gronk took time to mirror on his future within the NFL — and stated he genuinely hasn’t determined whether or not he’s going to return or not.

    “​​It really feels good proper now to be free — not having any soccer over my head, figuring out after I wish to work out,” Gronkowski advised SB Nation on the Nickelodeon press preview. “I like my teammates, I like the Buccaneers’ group, everybody from A to Z, they’re all nice individuals and it’s quite a lot of enjoyable to go to work there. Proper now, I’m simply chilling and doing different issues like internet hosting the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards present and throwing a Gronk Seaside get together.”

    Let’s be sincere, after 11 seasons taking part in within the NFL — and one 12 months off that landed him a broadcasting gig with Fox Sports activities — the man deserves a while off to relax … and naturally, get together along with his bros.

    SB Nation caught up with Gronk forward of Saturday evening’s messy awards present in Santa Monica, California, to speak about sliming Tom Brady, inviting all the primary spherical draft picks to get together in Vegas, and the continuing dilemma of whether or not we’ll ever see a Gronk Spike in Raymond James Stadium once more.

    SB Nation: What number of instances have you ever been slimed to date?
    Rob Gronkowski: I’ve been slimed about thrice in my life, I used to be on the Youngsters’ Alternative Sports activities Awards a number of years in the past, which is considered one of my favourite reveals that I’ve ever been part of, and that’s what uncovered me for internet hosting the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards. After I obtained the decision, I used to be like ‘hell yeah!’ I used to be tremendous thrilled, tremendous excited. So I obtained slimed a few instances at these reveals, then my final time was about two weeks in the past on the promo shoot. Let me let you know – it was epic, it was legendary, it was about 40 seconds lengthy … or 69 seconds lengthy, there have been 6-9 slime-blaster weapons simply sliming me … it saved going and going, in my face and in my mouth. I needed to maintain dancing and flexing to get the shot that they wanted. I ain’t scared ever to be slimed once more because it’s by no means going to be like that in my life.

    What’s worse, getting slimed or the slip ‘n slide at your Arizona home in faculty?
    Getting slimed is unquestionably messier! The slip ‘n slide used cleaning soap and water, so it really cleaned you off. The slime on the shoot and on the Youngsters’ Alternative Sports activities, I needed to bathe two instances to get it off. It’s positively sloppy and is a giant mess – it’s in your hair, ears, nostril …

    Who would you slime within the NFL if you happen to might?
    I’d slime all of the defenders on the market so that they’re slippery and moist, so they’d fall and slip and I’d be huge open. That may be a terrific technique, proper earlier than the play I’d get it of their eyes so that they couldn’t see. Additionally Tom, he deserves to get slimed for retiring then unretiring 41 days later. He positively deserves it for that epic factor he pulled. (Brady can also be nominated for a KCA for Finest Male Athlete).

    Do you know he was going to unretire that shortly? He didn’t even have time for a retirement get together!
    Precisely, he didn’t have time for a retirement get together. We might have at the least gotten that in, so he deserves to get slimed for that, so if I might slime him I’d.

    In the event you have been a Nickelodeon character, who would you be?
    I’d be Spongebob, no, really I’d be Patrick on Spongebob Squarepants, he’s nice and he’s hilarious.

    I noticed you’re internet hosting one other Gronk Seaside over NFL draft weekend.
    That’s April 29 in Las Vegas at Encore Seaside Membership, it’s going to be that Friday — the day after the primary spherical on Thursday evening. So due to this fact, all the primary rounders are invited who’re on the draft.

    None of them are going to have the ability to rejoice such as you did if you obtained drafted!
    Precisely! We’ve obtained The Chainsmokers performing, they’re the kings of Vegas proper now. It’s all the time nice to be at their reveals, they put a heck of a present on. Encore Seaside Membership, you possibly can’t beat that facility. It’s going to be Gronk Seaside 2.0, and we’re going to have buddies, household up on stage going HAM. It will be epic.

    The final time you hosted a Gronk Seaside, and the final time you threw a celebration in Vegas, you have been retired. Now you’re in-between, are you coming again? Are you going to re-sign?Precisely, if you throw Gronk Seaside, retirement is in your vocabulary. So the primary one I used to be retired, and this one is ‘am I going to retire?’ in order that counts as with the ability to throw a Gronk Seaside get together.

    Does this imply you’re going to re-sign on April thirtieth?
    It relies upon how tipsy I’m, what sort of choices I’m going to make whereas at Gronk Seaside. However no, I’m not going to re-sign then, it really feels good proper now, it feels good to be free — not having any soccer over my head, figuring out after I wish to work out. I like my teammates, I like the Buccaneers’ group, everybody from A to Z, they’re all nice individuals and it’s quite a lot of enjoyable to go to work there. Proper now, I’m simply chilling and doing different issues like internet hosting the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards present and throwing a Gronk Seaside get together. Not staying too busy, simply having a few issues a month to concentrate on then, and doing what I wish to do in my free time.

    When do you need to determine by?
    I don’t actually have a choice date, I don’t ever should determine – if I don’t determine then that simply means I’m not taking part in! There actually isn’t any determination that I’ve to make in my life, perhaps I’ll simply go the remainder of my life with out ever deciding. Folks shall be like ‘Rob, what did you determine?’ after I’m like 70 years previous, and I’ll say: ‘It’s nonetheless up within the air.’

    Are you in contract negotiations, or are you not even there but?
    That can begin if I determine that I wish to play. There’s no motive to try this whereas there’s a choice to be made first. It’s all about if I determine to.

    Did Bruce Arians standing down as head coach affect your determination in any respect?
    No, no, no. If I am going again to play soccer, it’s going to be for the Bucs. I beloved taking part in for Coach Arians.

    Would you play for anybody else?
    Not proper now, the Buccaneers scenario is simply too good if I determine to return and play. Like I stated, I like all my teammates there. They’re all nice teammates and all selfless gamers, they’re there for the group and what’s greatest for the group and the entire group. If I do play soccer once more, it’ll be for the Bucs.

    Are you excited for Todd Bowles to be the brand new head coach … whether or not you play or not?
    He’s a terrific coach, he was a coach for the Jets for somewhat bit so he was really considered one of my rivals (on the time) for a few years.

    It’s probably not a rival if you beat them on a regular basis.
    That’s true! He’s a terrific dude, I’ve been with him for the previous two years, he attracts up nice schemes and I believe he’s going to do a terrific job on the Buccaneers.

    It’s a must to return, as I by no means obtained to see you play in Tampa final 12 months!
    If that’s the rationale then I’ll have to return again, I’ll put that one in my again pocket as considered one of my causes, so you possibly can interview me after a recreation. That’s great, not an issue!

    You’re following in some huge footwear internet hosting the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards like John Cena and The Rock, would you aspire to host a present like Cena, or do extra motion blockbusters like them?
    They do a terrific job, I like watching each of their motion pictures – Cena and The Rock. They arrive out with quite a lot of nice stuff, I used to be huge followers of them within the wrestling world too, they put a present on. They’re extra jacked than me, although … their arms are most likely thrice the dimensions of mine. It’s fairly unbelievable how jacked they’re.

    Who’re you most excited to see at KCA?
    Child Cudi as a result of he had considered one of my favourite songs rising up since I used to be in highschool, Pursuit of Happiness. It simply retains rocking and rolling everytime you’re at a celebration, it was one of many songs all the time taking part in — it will get your electrical energy flowing.

    I hear you’ve obtained your personal theme tune now referred to as All people Get Gronk’ed?
    Sure! My dad has been taking part in it in every single place, he had it taking part in on the charity occasion final week. Hopefully we are able to have it performed right here on the Youngsters’ Alternative Awards.

    The Nickelodeon Youngsters’ Alternative Awards airs reside on Saturday, April 9 at 7.30 ET.

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