Rob Gronkowski is returning to the NFL—but not as a New England Patriot. Instead, the three-time Super Bowl champ tight end will join Fox Sports' broadcast booth as an expert analyst on Thursday Night Football.
He'll make his network debut alongside Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and NFL insider Peter Schrager during the pregame show before his former team takes on the New York Giants on Thursday, October 10.
"I’m extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports," Gronkowski said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “For the past 25 years, they’ve offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio."
"Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I’ll be able to learn from the best in the business.”
Regarded as one of the greatest tight ends of all time, the five-time Pro Bowler and four-time first-team All-Pro recorded 521 career interceptions, 7,861 receiving yards and 79 receiving touchdowns in his gridiron career. Gronkowski currently holds the record for the most 1,000-yard seasons (four) for anyone to ever play that position.
Suffice to say, the man is more than qualified to dish out takes on TNF. Whether Gronk will mesmerize audiences with psychic gameplay predictions like former Dallas Cowboys quarterback-turned-commentator Tony Romo does on the regular remains to be seen.