Rob Gronkowski slated to appear on upcoming WWE ‘Friday Night SmackDown’

Rob Gronkowski’s next athletic endeavor may be in the ring.

The former Patriots tight end is lined up to appear on WWE’s’ “Friday Night SmackDown,” live on Fox, on March 20, it was announced Friday.

The news dropped after it was teased by WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley. Gronkowski helped Rawley to victory in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 in 2017, when Gronk was still an NFL player.

There were reports earlier in the week that Gronk was close to signing with WWE, although it was not clear what role Gronkowski would play with the company. Gronkowski is a longtime fan who has talked about trying his hand at wrestling. 

Gronkowski left football after the 2018 season while dealing with the effects of multiple injuries. It was rumored to be a possibility he would return last year when the Patriots struggled to find receivers, but he sat out the season.

During his time away from football, Gronkowski has been, among other things, a Fox NFL analyst and a partner in a company that makes CBD products.

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