Sebastian Vollmer

Ex-Patriot Sebastian Vollmer isn't buying Rob Gronkowski comeback talk

Ex-Patriot Sebastian Vollmer isn't buying Rob Gronkowski comeback talk

We've heard a lot of former players say they believe Rob Gronkowski will come out of retirement. We haven't heard many players say the opposite.

But one of Gronkowski's former teammates was willing to throw cold water on the NFL comeback chatter.

Speaking at a recent NFL-sponsored event in Germany, retired New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer said he doesn't see Gronkowski -- his teammate of six years -- returning to the gridiron.

"I don’t think he will come back again," Vollmer told Adrian Franke of Spox.com, as transcribed by Pats Pulpit. "Just looking at his physical shape, I don’t think he’d be able to pull it off."

Gronkowski has lost considerable weight since announcing his retirement in March and apparently eschewed weight lifting for resistance band training.

Talk of the 30-year-old returning to the Patriots at some point this season has persisted, however, with a recent report pegging his comeback chances at 40 percent.

Vollmer, who retired in 2016 after six full seasons as Gronkowski's teammate, added he always expected Gronkowski and Brady to retire at the same time. It's safe to say Brady has forced Vollmer to change that mindset after leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl title last season at age 41.

"He keeps saying that he will play until 45, but I wonder why," Vollmer said of Brady. "I’m giving him two more years — but not because he told me, I’m just going with my gut. Who knows?"

So, if we're to trust Vollmer's gut, expect two more years of Brady -- and zero more of Gronk.

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Sebastian Vollmer helps break down Patriots win over Packers

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Sebastian Vollmer helps break down Patriots win over Packers

Former Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer joins Phil Perry and Rob Ninkovich on this week's Ex-Pats Podcast:

0:30 - Phil and Rob catch up with Sebastian Vollmer as the Ex-Pat recalls stories from his time with New England.

14:50 - Vollmer discusses what the Patriots offensive line did well in the Patriots 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers and how the unit's success allowed Cordarrelle Patterson to have a breakout night.

18:50 - Ninkovich and Vollmer discuss how the Patriots defense was able to keep Aaron Rodgers in check all night and specifically how the pass rush put up it's best performance of the season.

22:41 - The pair of Ex-Pats discuss who on the Patriots had the best performance and earned the "Vich of the week" as well as which player from the game had a disappointing night.

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Mayfield's rookie skit highlights 'Hard Knocks,' but does it top Vollmer's?

Mayfield's rookie skit highlights 'Hard Knocks,' but does it top Vollmer's?

FOXBORO -- The impression was spot on. The gum-chewing. The strut. The "buddy boy" drops. More gum-chewing.

Baker Mayfield's impersonation of Browns general manager John Dorsey, featured on Tuesday's episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks," earned praise all over the internet before the show had even finished airing.

He has a talent, sure. But could Mayfield go bilingual if he had to?


Nine years ago in New England, before Twitter's popularity exploded, before internet meme's were a thing, the same year that "Hard Knocks" focused in on Chad Ochocinco and his teammates in Cincinnati, there was a rookie skit performed that might've trumped Mayfield's in terms of its originality.

Bill Belichick remembered it fondly on Tuesday afternoon, during a press conference where he took a relatively easygoing approach throughout. The portion he specifically brought back -- his memory sparked by a brief discussion of retired offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer's ability to flip from the right side of the line to the left -- had to do with the German tackle, who's now broadcasting Patriots games in his native tongue.

"Sebastian was part of the rookie skit," Belichick said. "The rookies didn’t have much material, which they usually don’t, and I suggested to him, ‘Why don’t you just get up there and imitate the head coach and say what I would say in German?’ So, he did. No one knew what he said, but it was pretty entertaining. He had a great sense of humor. Yeah, Sebastian had a really good sense of humor."

Mayfield may have been the No. 1 overall pick. He's already on the verge of becoming the face of the Browns franchise before even being named the starting quarterback. But could he entertain Belichick on rookie skit night to the point that Belichick would recall just how entertaining he was nearly a decade later?

My guess is nein.

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