Former Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski has a new identity: “Mr. Recovery.”
“You know you like that name,” Gronkowski stated in a press conference Tuesday morning to announce his “next chapter.”
Gronkowski will be partnering with Abacus Wellness Goods to advocate that cannabidiol, far more usually recognized as CBD, is an acceptable, option way for players to deal with discomfort. Cannabis of any sort, which includes CBD, is presently on the league’s list of banned substances. Gronkowski stated his dad introduced him to CBD solutions following his retirement in March, and, as a outcome, he’s felt discomfort-totally free “for the very first time in more than a decade.”
“I only want I knew about [CBD] when I was playing,” Gronkowski stated.
Joined by Perry Antelman, CEO of Abacus Wellness Goods, Gronkowski shared he plans to launch a line of solutions with CBDMEDIC in 2020. Although the pair did not divulge extra particulars on what the line will entail, Gronkowski stated it will be “all-natural” and “fitness-oriented.”
“CBDMEDIC was so life-altering for me,” Gronkowski stated.
Gronkowski noted he is “very satisfied” with exactly where he is in life, and pushed back on the notion that a return to football is imminent. He stressed he is not mentally prepared to return to the game, saying his thoughts and soul preserve telling him he wants far more time off.
“Wherever I go, Patriots fans usually ask, ‘Am I coming back? When I’m coming back? Exactly where am I coming back?” Gronkowski stated, just before tearing up. “I’m walking across the street, and they’re like, ‘You’re walking mainly because you are coming back.’ It is crazy. I fully grasp. I really feel that adore.
“But I want to be clear to my fans: I required to recover. I was not in a excellent location. Football was bringing me down. And I didn’t like it. I was losing that joy in life, like the joy. I genuinely was. I was fighting via it. I knew what I signed up for. I knew what I was fighting via. I knew I just had to repair myself.”
Gronkowski remained emotional as he recalled the immense discomfort he felt due to a thigh bruise suffered in the second quarter of Super Bowl LIII. The 30-year-old stated he could barely stroll following the game and slept for 5 minutes when crying in his bed that evening.
The sleep struggles persisted for about a month, and Gronkowski ended up acquiring a liter of blood removed from his thigh more than the course of 3 visits to the hospital. He known as the quantity “record-breaking.”
“I know I like to break records,” he joked. “That’s just what I do.”
Gronkowski expressed self-confidence that he can nevertheless attain “another level” with his overall health and physique, and even teased that a return to football could be in the cards — just not at the moment.
“I’m just in the very first stage suitable now,” Gronkowski stated. “When that time comes down in the future, if I have the need to play football once again, if I really feel passionate about football once again, if I’m feeling I require to be out there on the field, I will go back to football.
“As of suitable now, that is not the case. It could be the case in six months it could be the case in two years it could be the case in 3 years it could be the case in 3 months. But I genuinely do not see it in the foreseeable future in like a week or a month.”
So, if he does return, will be with the Patriots?
“I got one particular year left on my contract, so no matter what, that is going to take place,” Gronkowski stated. “I’m fairly certain if I come back in two years, I’m nevertheless with the Patriots for a year.”