Rob Gronkowski has stated his admiration for Super Bowl quarterback Joe Burrow and left some to wonder if he could potentially become a Cincinnati Bengals teammate of his next season.
Burrow, who is 9/4 to be the MVP of Sunday's game, has seemingly impressed the ex-New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end during the Bengals' playoff run.
Returning from a torn ACL in only his second season as a pro, Burrow has put up incredible numbers to lead the unfancied Bengals to the brink of their first Super Bowl title.
He set franchise records in passing yards (4,611) and passing touchdowns (34) this season while playing on a team that gave up a league-high 51 sacks.
Gronkowski, whose 802 yards in the regular season were his highest total since an All-Pro year in 2017, has been impressed.
"I kinda like this young buck quarterback. He's in the Super Bowl now: It's Joe Burrow, man," Gronkowski told Autograph NFTs on Tuesday, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"I watched him in college. I just love the way he presents himself out on the football field. In the pocket, he's just so calm and he just slings it out on the field. ... I just love his swag, too."
The 32-year-old veteran suggested he was leaning toward hanging up his cleats again in the aftermath of the Bucs' Divisional Round defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.
But his latest comments, particularly in the wake of long-time passing partner Tom Brady's own retirement announcement, suggest he has one eye on developments in Ohio.
"If I had to pick a quarterback, it'd be the young buck Joe Burrow," Gronkowski added. "He's killing it right now in the game."