New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is sending mixed messages about whether his career is truly over.

In the course of the same interview, Gronkowski confirmed he’s officially done playing before immediately leaving the door open for a possible return.

That interview took place at the Billboard Music Awards on Thursday. Gronkowski was a presenter and actor at the event.

When asked whether his career is really over, Gronkowski says he likes to mess with people and say he “fake retired,” but that he’s “actually retired.” Case closed, right?

Well …

Seconds later, Gronkowski changes his tune. After the host makes a case for Gronkowski to reconsider, Gronkowski says, “You never know. If you mess around that much about it, I might convince myself [to play again.]”

When healthy, he’s one of the best tight ends in NFL history. 

Something tells me we’ll be seeing Gronk on the field again. 

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