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Of all the sports you’d think there would be some big showdown for, I didn’t think Pickleball would be it. But apparently, it’s big enough because Gronk has challenged Eli manning to Pickleball. After losing to Eli has beaten Gronk before but now it’s time Gronk took home a W, so instead of a game of Drinks, he’s taking him to the Pickleball court.

So if you have been living under a rock or are still using the Wifi at Mcdonald’s, you may not know what Pickleball is. Well, according to the Google, Pickleball is a game that combines various elements from other racquet games such as tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. If you are still confused, check out our video below.

Since retiring for the second time, Gronk has been trading his cleats in for a racquet. When he talked during an interview, someone brought up the former Giants Quarterback, who also played Pickleball, and Gronk raised an eyebrow. He said, “I would whoop Eli, no chance.” Gronk made the challenge a little more personal, too, Gronk is a supporter of the national campaign No Kid Hungry. He said he would love to take on Eli in a game where the proceeds go to charity.

“There’s a craze going on,” Gronkowski said. “When I retired, I was playing tennis, I was playing paddle(ball) and then I picked up pickle(ball) and then it’s all in.”


Twitter Reacts To Gronk Retiring

Well Bucs fans, it finally happened. Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from football today after 11 years in the NFL. After playing 9 seasons for the Patriots and 2 for the Buccaneers he was a restricted free agent going into this season with 621 receptions for 9,286 yards and 92 touchdowns. He announced his decision via social media and the internet went crazy in speculations on if Tom Brady can convince him to play again.

After Tom Brady’s retirement stunt earlier this year, Bucs fans are hopeful that there’s still a chance that Gronk will follow in his teammates steps and return before or during the season. In fact, the well respected ESPN reporter Adam Schefter stated that, Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that Gronk could still come out of retirement “if Tom Brady calls him during the season.” While we don’t want to see the Bucs fall behind in the season, many fans are hoping that Brady can send out a GOAT signal and Gronk will return.

Twitter reacts to the news and reminisces on all the memories with Gronk the only way it knows how. With memes. Here’s a list of our favorites: