New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was noncommittal after Sunday's Super Bowl when asked if he planned to return next season.
Gronkowski, the game's best tight end, surprised some when he suggested he needed to evaluate his future and would reflect on the season and talk to his teammates.
Amherst native Gronkowski, who turns 29 in May, is still near the top of his game but has battled several significant injuries throughout his career, including to his back, left forearm and right knee. He most recently dealt with a concussion suffered in the AFC Championship game.
Speaking to reporters Monday, coach Bill Belichick urged patience as it relates to Gronk, saying the emotional end to a long season was not the right time for cogent answers.
"At the end of every season, every person goes through somewhat of process at the end of the season and then the following season," Belichick told reporters via NBCSports Boston. "I think everyone that's involved in an NFL season, you get pretty drained, especially after a season like this. You go through the end-of-the-year process and the following year is the following year.
"It's the same for everybody. I certainly can't speak for anyone else. You'd have to ask any individual about their particular situation, but I would say five minutes after the game or the day after the game is not really the best time to make those decisions."