Gronkowski: I haven't thought about retirement
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Rob Gronkowski isn't one to look too far ahead.

Despite teasing retirement following Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots tight end claims he isn't having those same thoughts as 2018 winds down.

"I haven't been thinking about (retirement) at all," Gronkowski said Thursday, according to's Nick Shook. "We're on the last game. Going into Week 17, we've got the Jets. That's all I'm really worried about as of now."

The 29-year-old has battled various injuries this season, missing three games earlier in the year. His production has taken a step back in the process, as the former All Pro has amassed 658 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 12 contests.

Though he's looked sluggish on the field, Gronkowski is only focused on what he's able to control.

"I would say every season presents a different challenge," he said. "You go through things, you get dinged up a little bit. It's a different challenge... Every season brings it's own little challenges. You've just gotta keep on grinding, keep on staying positive. Stay focused. That's all you got to really do. You can't ever get too down and then you dig yourself a bigger hole.

"I love the grind. I'm all in. I've been all in all season."

Gronkowski: I haven't thought about retirement
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