Stephen Gostkowski looking to return to NFL, but likely won't be until 2022

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Stephen Gostkowski is 37 years old and has 15 NFL seasons under his belt, but he's not ready to retire.

With that being said, a return to the league will likely have to wait until 2022 due to a Coxsackie viral infection he dealt with that took him out of action for roughly a month.

"I had hundreds of blisters all over my feet and hands. I got it worse than the kids did," Gostkowski said to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "All my skin was peeled off my fingers and toes; woke up in the middle of the night and it felt like my hands and feet had pins and needles in them.

"That was kind of right in the beginning of the middle of the season when I had a semi-itch to play. It was tough because I was getting in decent shape, but then you can't work out. I couldn't do much other than walk. So I don't think right now would be the right time; I'm not in good enough shape. But I'm not closing the door of never playing again. It's just not in my immediate future.”

After being cut by the Patriots in March of 2020, he kicked in 15 games for the Titans last season.

Gostkowski has kept his eye on his former team and the job Nick Folk has done the last few seasons.

"Nick is just a great dude. It's hard not to root for someone who is a nice guy, keeps his mouth shut, goes about his business, and just performs. And if he messes up, he doesn't make excuses. I respect that very much," Gostkowski said. "It takes a certain kind of person to fit in New England and he's obviously done that. The guy is 'Steady Eddie'. It's fun to watch the tradition of good specialists coming through New England."

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