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Rob Gronkowski details harrowing recovery from Super Bowl quad injury

Rob Gronkowski details harrowing recovery from Super Bowl quad injury

Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday morning he's partnering with CBDMedic, a company that produces cannabidiol-based products for pain relief.

The reason? He was in a lot of pain during his New England Patriots career -- especially after his final game with the team before retiring in March.

Gronkowski painted a vivid picture of this pain during his press conference, going into detail about a painful quad injury he suffered during the second quarter of Super Bowl LIII after taking a nasty hit to the leg.

Gronk stayed in the game to help the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3, but suffered the consequences of his injury for weeks.

"I got done with the game, I could barely walk," Gronkowski told the audience. "I go to the after party, I sit down and I’m just chilling all day, like the rest of the night until 3 a.m. 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. 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.' "

Our Tom E. Curran said Gronk related the same story to him after the game.

According to Gronkowski, that four-week period was a living hell in which he had a significant amount of blood removed from his swollen leg.

"I had internal bleeding," Gronkowski said. "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.

"So, that's a total of 1,000 milliliters (one liter) I took out of my quad over a four-week period after the Super Bowl. It’s not normal."

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Gronk managed to find some humor amid his world of pain -- "It was record-breaking at the hospital. I was like, ‘You know how I like to break records.' " -- but that painful injury apparently was the final straw that convinced him to walk away at age 29.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

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Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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