"I don't want to be banned from playing the sport I love because I'm using a product that I can buy, or anyone can buy, at their local pharmacy right off the shelf. It's that simple. I also want to have the option to get back into the game and if I'm banned next year, I can't," he said, reading off a teleprompter before going off script and pointing at members of the audience. "You know you want to see me out there. ... I know you do."
Gronkowski announced his retirement in March after nine seasons and three Super Bowl victories.
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