Recently retired tight end Rob Gronkowski had a truly miserable time after the Patriots won Super Bowl LIII.
It wasn’t the emotional struggle of Gronk’s last hurrah, which saw him haul in six of seven targets for 87 yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams, that got to him, but rather the physical pain of yet another injury.
“I got done with the game, I could barely walk,” Gronkowski said at a Tuesday press conference to announce a partnership with a CBD company. “I go to the afterparty, I sit down and I’m just chilling, like the rest of the night until 3 a.m.”
It didn’t get much better when Gronkowski made his way back to the hotel.
“I try to go to bed, I slept for five minutes that night. I couldn’t even think. I was in tears, in my bed, after a Super Bowl victory,” Gronkowski admitted. “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 after a Super Bowl win. And I was like, ‘Damn, this sucks.'”
Dealing with what he described as internal bleeding in his leg, the month that followed was quite literally one of the most draining experiences the 30-year-old could have gone through.
“I took out 200 milliliters of blood four weeks later, and then another week later, I took out 500 milliliters of blood, and then I took out 300 more milliliters of blood from my quad,” Gronkowski revealed. “So, that’s a total of 1,000 milliliters I took out of my quad over a four-week period after the Super Bowl. It’s not normal.”
Adding that to the long list of injuries Gronkowski dealt with over the course of a Canton-worthy NFL career, it’s no wonder Gronkowski seems to be enjoying his retirement.