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“I want to be clear to my fans. I needed to recover. I was not in a good place. Football
was bringing me down, and I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life,” Gronkowski said, fighting back tears.
Gronkowski’s remarks came at an announcement that he will be an advocate for players
to be allowed to use CBD products for discomfort relief. He left the door open to possibly
un-retire, saying, “physically, I could play right now” but added he is not there mentally.
Gronkowski detailed how he sustained a quad injury in Super Bowl LIII, and he knew that
he was retiring after that.
“I got done with the game and I could barely walk,” he said. “I slept ve minutes that
night. I couldn’t even think. I was in tears in my bed after a Super Bowl victory. It didn’t
make that much sense to me. And then, for four weeks, I couldn’t even sleep for more
than 20 minutes a night. I was like, ‘Damn, this sucks.’ It didn’t feel good. “It was one of
the biggest, deepest thigh bruises I’ve ever gotten,” he added, noting it led to signicant
Gronkowski was 29 when he retired, the same age as Indianapolis Colts quarterback
Andrew Luck, who shocked the NFL on Saturday by retiring because of the toll injuries
have taken on his body. Gronkowski said he felt empathy for Luck.
Gronkowski told those in attendance in New York that he’s in a better place now and
“very satised with where I am in life now.”
“I truly believe going through those tough times, nine years — off the eld, on the eld —
has brought me to this point and I believe I’m on the right path in my life,” he said.
“It’s a purpose to have passion in my life, to have joy in my life. And then to inspire
optimal health within myself, I need to do that in order to get to a peak and then I can
bring it to other people.
Because I know [in] the NFL, players are dealing with that kind of stuff, they’re dealing
with discomfort. I was. And I needed to walk away because I needed to do what for myself.”
Original article by ESPN.
Posted by Madelene on 9/5/2019
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