According to an ESPN report, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has "no doubt" that he'll be ready to go for the start of the 2017 season. 

Gronkowski, who spoke with the World Wide Leader, played in just eight games for the Pats last season and underwent his third back surgery after suffering a herniated disc late in the season.

The 27-year-old, who has had a well documented history of injuries, has been working hard to regain his All-Pro form, however.

He also isn't planning on hanging up his cleats any time soon. When asked about his future on the field, the dominant tight end said that he still loves playing the game and would like to play for as long as he possibly can. 

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