Rob Gronkowski joins Fox as NFL analystSporting News — (Kirstie Chiappelli)
Rob Gronkowski is back — well, on TV.
The retired tight end is set to join Fox and appear as a regular analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, Fox Sports announced Tuesday.
"I'm extremely excited to be joining Fox Sports," Gronkowski said in a release. "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."
Given his lively personality, Gronkowski is expected to thrive in the role. His first appearance is set for Thursday's pregame show when the Patriots host the Giants, which should make for some colorful commentary as he discusses his former team.
Gronkowski retired after nine seasons spent entirely with New England in March before celebrating his 30th birthday in May.
A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski finished his career with five Pro Bowl selections, four first-team All-Pro honors and three Super Bowl victories. He also remains New England's leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in postseason history.
He is also the NFL's postseason leader among tight ends in catches (81), receiving yards (1,163) and receiving touchdowns (12).