Does Tom Brady know something we don't, or is he just hoping Gronk returns?

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/new-england/" data-ylk="slk:New England Patriots">New England Patriots</a> quarterback <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/5228/" data-ylk="slk:Tom Brady">Tom Brady</a> hopes recently retired <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/24017/" data-ylk="slk:Rob Gronkowski">Rob Gronkowski</a> catches more touchdowns from him. (AP)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hopes recently retired Rob Gronkowski catches more touchdowns from him. (AP)

If you’re a fan of football, even if you’re not a fan of the New England Patriots, you might be hoping that Rob Gronkowski’s announced retirement is short-lived: the NFL is just better with Gronkowski and his joie de football.

The bulldozing of defensive players, the monster touchdown spikes, “yo soy fiesta” — it’s all part of what makes Gronk so fun to watch.

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You’re not the only one who wants to see Gronkowski back.

Brady: ‘I hope it isn’t the final number’

Last week, the NFL’s official Instagram page posted a graphic of Tom Brady and Gronkowski and which players caught the most touchdowns from Brady in their New England career.

Gronkowski had the most far and away, with 78; Randy Moss had half as many, at 39.

(NFL/Instagram)
(NFL/Instagram)

And there among the comments is one from the official Instagram account of Brady: “I hope 78 isn’t the final number,” he wrote, with a laughing emoji.

Does Brady know?

Does Brady know something the rest of us don’t? Might Gronkowski be considering, or even planning, to come back later this year?

Brady did post a touching tribute to his friend on Instagram last week, after Gronkowski announced his retirement, calling it “an honor and privilege” to have spent nine years with the 2010 second-round pick.

Anything is possible of course, but Gronk has earned every right to ride off on his own terms, taking the fiesta with him.

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