Why Rob Gronkowski says he 'isn't really retiring,' plus what he'd say if Tom Brady called

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Larger than life Super Bowl champion and pro football star Rob Gronkowski recently retired from the NFL for a second time -- but just because he says he won't be back on the gridiron doesn't mean he's done working.

In the first sit down interview since his June announcement, Gronkowski told "Good Morning America" what would happen if former teammate Tom Brady, who drew him out of his initial 2019 retirement, called again.

"I would say 'what's up' but, no, I wouldn't go back to football. I'm all set," the 33-year-old said. "Obviously I'll answer. He's the greatest of all time calling and we do have a great relationship on and off the field, we're good friends."

He continued, "I'm enjoying what I'm doing and enjoying trying to find what I really want to do next."

These days, the former tight end, who spent 11 seasons in the league playing for the New England Patriots and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said he tackles "whatever the day brings." Some days that's waking up and "getting a workout in" or playing with his French Bulldog Ralphie and shooting commercials, like a new USAA ad set to premiere this fall.

PHOTO: Rob Gronkowski and his dog Ralphie sit down for an interview with 'GMA.' / (ABC News)
PHOTO: Rob Gronkowski and his dog Ralphie sit down for an interview with 'GMA.' / (ABC News)

"I'm not like really retired, just from the game of football," he said. "I'm at the point where I don't want to be too busy, but I want to do some stuff, and that's why I'm dipping my toes in the business world."

Gronk's Lightning Round

Favorite cheat meal? "My mom's chicken souffle."

Favorite sport other than football? "Basketball. I played in high school."

Favorite show to binge-watch? "Outer Banks."

Dogs or cats? "Dogs."

Are you coming out of retirement in week 14 or 15? "Week zero."

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