Patriots star Gronkowski unlikely to be 'full-time guy' in WWE - Jim Ross
Many believe Rob Gronkowski is nearing the end of his NFL career, but legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross does not see a full-time switch to the WWE in the offing for the New England Patriots star tight end.
As injuries have limited the four-time All-Pro's impact in recent times, there has been persistent talk that he could trade the football field for the squared circle having made a cameo appearance at Wrestlemania 33 in 2017.
However, Ross, who has vast experience scouting wrestling talent in his storied career in the industry, believes the physical toll Gronkowski's NFL career has taken on his body may restrict him to a part-time role in wrestling were he to make the switch.
Speaking to Omnisport, Ross said: "Gronk's got a big personality, that's where it starts, obviously we know he's an outstanding athlete. He seemingly has all the boxes checked but you never know about his aptitude for that world.
"If I was gambling, I'd gamble on that it'd happen. He's had a lot of injuries. I don't see him being a full-time guy, but I can see him, if he's trained correctly and he's promoted in a deliberate, effective way, that he could be very valuable.
"I think you'll see as time goes on that because the money has gotten so much better - because of tv rights deals they've [the WWE] got a lot more capital to play with - they can afford to pay guys inflated salaries for less work.
"You'd need to ascertain what his commitment was for training, are you gonna take the business seriously and train as such so he's protecting himself and his adversaries or is it just kind of a big joke?
"Does he have the look? Yeah. Is he athletic? Yeah. Those are obvious answers, but to get him trained and working hard and sore and see what his commitment is, you don't know if he's long-term or if he's a one-off guy at Wrestlemania.
"That only can be ascertained by being engaged in the process. I think looking at his injuries, his age, you're looking at a part-time guy at best and maybe more cynically, playing maybe a one-off event and see what he does from there."
Gronkowski made six catches for 79 yards in the AFC Championship game win over the Kansas City Chiefs to help the Patriots reach Super Bowl LIII. He will look to win his third Super Bowl when New England take on the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta on Sunday.