After years of injury, Rob Gronkowski was so determined to withdraw from the NFL in March that he kept his decision secret from his New England Patriots teammates to prevent anyone from calling him to return for another season.
& # 39; I didn't even tell my teammates, & # 39; told the 30-year-old tight end of Wednesday to ABC's Good Morning America. & # 39; You know, I called a couple of guys in the organization who … and they'd let them know before it happened, but I just knew the decision was clear.
& # 39; I didn't even have that passion, that energy to summon everyone because I just had to get rid of it, so I just did it, & # 39; Gronkowski continued. & # 39; I was over it … I didn't even want to negotiate with anyone. & # 39;
Since his retirement, however, Gronkowski said that his teammates supported & # 39; 100 percent & # 39; to his decision. In addition, he did not speak extensively about the Patriots, except for coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft the & # 39; best & # 39; in the competition in their respective roles.
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After years of injury, Rob Gronkowski was so determined to withdraw from the NFL in March that he kept his decision secret from his New England Patriots teammates to prevent anyone from calling him to return for another season. & # 39; I didn't even tell my teammates, & # 39; told the 30-year tight side ABC & # 39; s Good Morning America on Wednesday
Gronkowski spoke to former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan on Good Morning America on Wednesday, and discussed the hit that pushed him to retirement
The last drop was possibly the thigh injury he sustained in the second quarter of the Patriots' Super Bowl victory in February over the Los Angeles Rams (photo). & # 39; I finished the game and could barely walk, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I slept five minutes that night. I couldn't even think. I was in tears in my bed after a victory in the Super Bowl. It didn't seem logical to me & # 39;
Gronkowski said he still loves the game, but admitted that he had been considering retirement for years in the midst of a litany of injuries.
The & # 39; icing on the cake & # 39; as he put it, came in the second quarter of the Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams when he brought a helmet to his quadriceps.
As he told GMA host and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, the hit was enough to push him to retire – just not immediately.
The former Indianapolis Colts former quarterback, Andrew Luck, surprised many on Saturday by withdrawing from the NFL at age 29 due to long-term health concerns
& # 39; I definitely had to stay in the game & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; It's the Super Bowl, but that hit was brutal.
& # 39; I've had a few quad-bruises before and I missed a few games and I was back in two weeks, so when that hit happened … you just get it out of your head
& # 39; This was real, & # 39; he went on. & # 39; It was deep and it literally hit my quad. You can rub it for four weeks and it would indent. & # 39;
At the request of Strahan to advise the former Indianapolis former quarterback Colts Andrew Luck, who shocked fans by retiring Saturday at age 29 due to concerns about his long-term health, Gronkowski had an optimistic message.
& # 39; There are ways to restore, & # 39; said Gronkowski. & # 39; There are ways to get better
& # 39; I knew I had to stop playing football to … heal my body; let my mind heal … So what I've done in the last five months, I lie down, rest, get the right treatment, find ways to recover, find the right food. & # 39;
Since his retirement, the former teammates of Gronkowski & # 39; have 100 percent support & # 39; given to his decision
At Good Morning America, Gronkowski named team owner Robert Kraft (at the microphone) and coach Bill Belichick (left) the & # 39; best & # 39; in the NFL in their respective roles
He has also found a new company.
Gronkowski, whose brothers also played in the NFL, promotes his collaboration with CBDMedic, a line of CBD infused medicines.
WHAT IS CDB?
CBD oil is a legal cannabinoid that contains less than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive substance THC.
Although the oil is thought to have some medicinal properties, including relieving inflammation, pain and anxiety, there is no conclusive scientific evidence for this.
& # 39; I now get many business opportunities, & # 39; he said. & # 39; My family has always done business. It is my turn to leave. I want to comment on things that revolve around my life and that have helped me
& # 39; I actually ventured into a product, a company, Abacus Health, and they ventured and started CBDMedic – a topical cream and it helps relieve pain and I just love it. And it helped me through my experiences.
& # 39; Now I am becoming stronger than ever and it feels great. I use CBDMedic all the time. Astonishing. I do things, yes. & # 39;
Strahan joked that he thought he was Gronkowski & # 39; comeback & # 39; heard, and the former star of the University of Arizona wouldn't rule that out.
& # 39; I have changed everything, healthy lifestyle, & # 39; said Gronkowski. & # 39; Have new energy. I may be back. & # 39;
Rob Gronkowski (left) and CEO of Abacus Health Products Perry Antelman appear on the podium during the press conference while Rob Gronkowski announces that he will be a supporter of CBD and will collaborate with Abacus Health Products, maker of CBDMEDIC Topical Pain Products
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