Rob Gronkowski will be back in the NFL | Rodin Eckenroth / .

Stellar tight end Rob Gronkowski will be making his return to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team where his great friend Tom Brady also signed.

Many thought that playing alongside the historic quarterback was the main reason that led him out of retirement, but now the popular “Gronk” gave the real reasons.

“Everyone is saying that I came back to play with Tom and while it is great to be sharing with him again, that was not the reason that led me to return to the NFL. My mother lives two hours from Tampa and now she will be able to go to all the team games and when I have days off I can go to her and visit her. It’s something that has me very excited, “the 31-year-old told the New York Post.

Expectations for the Brady-Gronkowski pair are sky high and the Buccaneers team is sure to be one of the most followed for next season.