Rob Gronkowski: 'This is the most satisfying year I have ever been a part of'

Ryan Hannable
February 04, 2019 - 12:14 am
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ATLANTA -- It was one of the toughest years Rob Gronkowski has ever gone through, but it was also the most satisfying.

Despite numerous injuries and people doubting him throughout the year, Gronkowski had a monster game in Super Bowl LIII when the Patriots beat the Rams, 13-3.

The tight end caught six passes on seven targets for 87 yards, including a huge 29-yard reception to set up Sony Michel's game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

After the game, you could tell how much the win meant to him.

“I’ll tell you this, this is the most satisfying year I have ever been a part of," he said. "How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now is just surreal. The obstacles, how we stuck together. It was life. We went through life this year and we stuck together. That is what it’s all about in life is sticking together, keep on going. That is what we did.

"We figured it out. We found our identity. Keep on grinding, that was our identity. Wear the other team out. We weren’t making big flashy plays all the time, a little while, but we stuck together. Grinded. Ran the ball. It was just unbelievable Now, we’re Super Bowl champs.”

Gronkowski did get banged up on a hit to his quad during the game, but he didn't miss a snap.

“Yeah, my quad," he said. "It hurts a lot. I can barely walk right now. … Adrenaline is flowing throughout the game, it’s the Super Bowl. I have had these quad shots about four times now. Probably won’t be able to walk that good tomorrow, but it’s all good. We’re Super Bowl champs.”

As for potentially retiring, he said he will take a few weeks to think about it, but he's just going to enjoy the win for now.

“Every Super Bowl is just surreal," he said. "This one ranks just at the top, just like the other ones. But, the way how we won puts it at the top. We won as a football team and that is what it’s all about."

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