Gronkowski Responds To Luck’s NFL Retirement: ‘ I Can Relate’ | NBC News Now


IN A GOOD PLACE PHYSICALLY. HE SPOKE ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE HE SPOKE ABOUT HIS TIME IN THE NFL AND WHAT HE E HOPES TO DO NFL AND WHAT HE E HOPES TO DO NEXT. NEXT.>>WHAT WAS THE LAST TIME YOU>>WHAT WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SPENT A SUMMER NOT PLAYING SPENT A SUMMER NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL? FOOTBALL?>>OOH T LAST TIME I SPENT A>>OOH T LAST TIME I SPENT A SUMMER NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL. SUMMER NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL. I’VE BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL SINCE I’VE BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL SINCE 7th GRADE. 7th GRADE. AND ALWAYS PREPARING FOR AND ALWAYS PREPARING FOR FOOTBALL THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. FOOTBALL THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. ALWAYS. ALWAYS. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. THIS SUMMER? THIS SUMMER? WAY DIFFERENT. WAY DIFFERENT. GOT TO RELAX. GOT TO RELAX. SIT BACK. SIT BACK. YOU KNOW, GET IT OFF MY MIND A YOU KNOW, GET IT OFF MY MIND A LITTLE BIT AND JUST HANG OUT. LITTLE BIT AND JUST HANG OUT.>>ARE YOU STILL FEELING PRETTY>>ARE YOU STILL FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT DECISION TO GOOD ABOUT THAT DECISION TO RETIRE. RETIRE.>>OH YEAH.>>OH YEAH. BIG TIME. BIG TIME. FEELING GREAT ABOUT MY DECISION. FEELING GREAT ABOUT MY DECISION. YOU KNOW JUST NEEDED TO LET MY YOU KNOW JUST NEEDED TO LET MY BODY RECOVER. BODY RECOVER. RECOVER BIG TIME. RECOVER BIG TIME. 14 YEARS OF FOOTBALL. 14 YEARS OF FOOTBALL. I DON’T CARE, LIKE AT A HIGH I DON’T CARE, LIKE AT A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL TO A COLLEGE LEVEL SCHOOL LEVEL TO A COLLEGE LEVEL TO THE PRO LEVEL. TO THE PRO LEVEL. IT IS ALL GOING ADD UP IT IS ALL GOING ADD UP EVENTUALLY. EVENTUALLY. YOU TAKE SOO MANY HITS. YOU TAKE SOO MANY HITS. SO MANY BRUISES, SO MANY BUMPS SO MANY BRUISES, SO MANY BUMPS AND ALL THAT. AND ALL THAT. IT DEFINITELY TAKES A TOLL. IT DEFINITELY TAKES A TOLL. I WAS A LITTLE SELFISH THIS OFF I WAS A LITTLE SELFISH THIS OFF SEASON. SEASON. I NEEDED TO BE AND TAKE CARE OF I NEEDED TO BE AND TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. MYSELF. AND NOW FEELING WAY BETTER. AND NOW FEELING WAY BETTER. FEELING GREAT. FEELING GREAT. AND I NEED TO GET OUT THERE IN AND I NEED TO GET OUT THERE IN THE WORLD. THE WORLD.>>YOU ARE 30 NOW BUT MADE THE>>YOU ARE 30 NOW BUT MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN YOU WERE 29. ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN YOU WERE 29. BEFORE YOUR BIRTHDAY I GUESS. BEFORE YOUR BIRTHDAY I GUESS.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>SAME AS ANDREW LUCK WHEN THIS>>SAME AS ANDREW LUCK WHEN THIS HAPPENED. HAPPENED. HOW DID YOU REACT TO THAT NEWS. HOW DID YOU REACT TO THAT NEWS.>>MY BROTHER CAME DOWN THE>>MY BROTHER CAME DOWN THE STAIRS LIKE YO, ANDREW LUCK JUST STAIRS LIKE YO, ANDREW LUCK JUST RETIRED. RETIRED. I WAS LIKE WHAT? I WAS LIKE WHAT? YOU KNOW IT WAS A SURPRISE. YOU KNOW IT WAS A SURPRISE. AND OBVIOUSLY ANDREW LUCK WAS, AND OBVIOUSLY ANDREW LUCK WAS, YOU KNOW, WAS IN SOME PAIN. YOU KNOW, WAS IN SOME PAIN. HE EVEN SAID IT. HE EVEN SAID IT. HE DESCRIBED WHAT HE WAS HE DESCRIBED WHAT HE WAS FEELING. FEELING. AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS. AND I CAN TELL YOU THIS. I CAN RELATE. I CAN RELATE. DURING THE SUPER BOWL IN THE DURING THE SUPER BOWL IN THE SECOND QUARTER I TOOK A HIT TO SECOND QUARTER I TOOK A HIT TO MY QUAD. MY QUAD. AND LITERALLY LIKE BY THE END OF AND LITERALLY LIKE BY THE END OF THE GAME I REALLY DON’T EVEN THE GAME I REALLY DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW I PLAYED. KNOW HOW I PLAYED. MY QUAD WAS LITERALLY THAT BIG. MY QUAD WAS LITERALLY THAT BIG. JIEGT. JIEGT. AND PEOPLE DON’T SEE THAT TYPE AND PEOPLE DON’T SEE THAT TYPE OF THE SIDE OF THE NFL. OF THE SIDE OF THE NFL. JUST HAD TO WORK IT OUT BUT FOR JUST HAD TO WORK IT OUT BUT FOR FOUR WEEKS I WAS LIMPING AROUND. FOUR WEEKS I WAS LIMPING AROUND. BUT WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE SIGNING BUT WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE SIGNING UP FOR THOUGH TOO. UP FOR THOUGH TOO. WE KNOW THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE WE KNOW THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE IN A COLLISION POSSIBLY EVERY IN A COLLISION POSSIBLY EVERY SINGLE PLAY DEPENDING ON YOUR SINGLE PLAY DEPENDING ON YOUR POSITION. POSITION. THERE REALLY ISN’T ANYTHING TO THERE REALLY ISN’T ANYTHING TO MANAGE PAIN DAY IN AND DAY OUT. MANAGE PAIN DAY IN AND DAY OUT. YES, YOU CAN GET TREATMENT AND YES, YOU CAN GET TREATMENT AND EVERYTHING BUT THERE’S REALLY EVERYTHING BUT THERE’S REALLY NO, HERE, TAKE THIS FOR THE NO, HERE, TAKE THIS FOR THE PAIN. PAIN.>>AARON HERNANDEZ HAD CTE, ONE>>AARON HERNANDEZ HAD CTE, ONE OF THE WORST THEY HAD EVER SEEN OF THE WORST THEY HAD EVER SEEN IN THAT SITUATION. IN THAT SITUATION. DO YOU FAREEAR THE COLLISIONS WI DO YOU FAREEAR THE COLLISIONS WI TAKE A LONG-TERM TOLL? TAKE A LONG-TERM TOLL?>>YES.>>YES. I’M AWARE OF THAT. I’M AWARE OF THAT. THAT’S WHY I TOOK THE ACTION AND THAT’S WHY I TOOK THE ACTION AND GOT AWAY FROM THE GAME. GOT AWAY FROM THE GAME. I WOULD NOT LIE. I WOULD NOT LIE. I WAS WALKING AROUND. I WAS WALKING AROUND. MY MOOD SWINGS WERE TOTALLY UP MY MOOD SWINGS WERE TOTALLY UP AND DOWN AND I WAS AWARE OF WHAT AND DOWN AND I WAS AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH MY BODY AND MY WAS GOING ON WITH MY BODY AND MY MIND. MIND. THAT’S WHY I HAD TO WALK AWAY. THAT’S WHY I HAD TO WALK AWAY. BUT I’M GOING EXERCISES, I’M BUT I’M GOING EXERCISES, I’M GETTING THE RIGHT TREATMENT. GETTING THE RIGHT TREATMENT. I’M LOOKING FOR BRAIN EXERCISES. I’M LOOKING FOR BRAIN EXERCISES. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I’M HOME AT MY FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I’M HOME AT MY HOUSE I DO A 750-PIECE PUZZLE, I HOUSE I DO A 750-PIECE PUZZLE, I GET TREATMENT ON MY HEAD. GET TREATMENT ON MY HEAD. NO LIE, I FELT MY HEAD. NO LIE, I FELT MY HEAD. I USED TO HAVE LIQUID. I USED TO HAVE LIQUID. MY HEAD USED TO BE THICKER LIKE MY HEAD USED TO BE THICKER LIKE A CENTIMETER IN SOME SPOTS. A CENTIMETER IN SOME SPOTS. YOU FEEL IT. YOU FEEL IT. I’D BE LIKE WHAT THE HECK. I’D BE LIKE WHAT THE HECK. YOU COULD PUT INDENTS IN MY YOU COULD PUT INDENTS IN MY HEAD. HEAD. NOW FINALLY I GET THE RIGHT NOW FINALLY I GET THE RIGHT TREATMENTS, DOING THE RIGHT TREATMENTS, DOING THE RIGHT THINGS AND IT KEEPS YOUR BRAIN THINGS AND IT KEEPS YOUR BRAIN ACTIVE. ACTIVE. I TRULY BELIEVE I’M JUST I TRULY BELIEVE I’M JUST STARTING. STARTING. I TRULY BELIEVE WHAT I WENT I TRULY BELIEVE WHAT I WENT THROUGH, I WENT THROUGH ALL FOUR THROUGH, I WENT THROUGH ALL FOUR REASONS TO MAKE MYSELF STRONGER REASONS TO MAKE MYSELF STRONGER IN THE ARM. IN THE ARM.>>THE SEASON IS ABOUT TO START>>THE SEASON IS ABOUT TO START A YEAR FROM NOW OR WHATEVER IT A YEAR FROM NOW OR WHATEVER IT IS. IS. YOU’RE FEELING BETTER. YOU’RE FEELING BETTER. YOU’RE AEADY LOOKING AND YOU’RE AEADY LOOKING AND FEELING GREAT YOU’RE SAYING. FEELING GREAT YOU’RE SAYING.>>YES.>>YES. I’M IN GREAT SHAPE RIGHT NOW. I’M IN GREAT SHAPE RIGHT NOW. YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN AT A HIGHER YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN AT A HIGHER LEVEL NOW. LEVEL NOW. I FEEL LIKE I’M AT A HIGHER I FEEL LIKE I’M AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF MORE EFFICIENCY INSTEAD LEVEL OF MORE EFFICIENCY INSTEAD OF PUTTING HARD WORK IN BUT ALSO OF PUTTING HARD WORK IN BUT ALSO WORKING SMART. WORKING SMART. DOWN THE ROAD, IF I HAVE THAT DOWN THE ROAD, IF I HAVE THAT DESIRE, IF I KNOW I HAVE THAT DESIRE, IF I KNOW I HAVE THAT CONSISTENCY, THAT DESIRE IN MY CONSISTENCY, THAT DESIRE IN MY SOUL THAT I WANT TO GO BACK, SOUL THAT I WANT TO GO BACK, THEN SO BE IT. THEN SO BE IT. BUT AS OF RIGHT NOW I’M IN A BUT AS OF RIGHT NOW I’M IN A GREAT PLACE. GREAT PLACE.>>PLAYING THAT LONG, YOU JUST>>PLAYING THAT LONG, YOU JUST CAN’T TAKE OFF FOUR MONTHS ONE CAN’T TAKE OFF FOUR MONTHS ONE OFF SEASON AND BE LIKE OH, I’M OFF SEASON AND BE LIKE OH, I’M HEALED. HEALED. IT’S A WHOLE PROCESS. IT’S A WHOLE PROCESS. YOU’VE GOT TO LET YOUR BODY YOU’VE GOT TO LET YOUR BODY SETTLE DOWN. SETTLE DOWN.>>THIS WEEKEND IS THE MOST>>THIS WEEKEND IS THE MOST POPULAR TIME TOFOR FANTASY POPULAR TIME TOFOR FANTASY FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL. DO YOU PLAY IT? DO YOU PLAY IT?>>I KNOW ALL ABOUT FANTASY>>I KNOW ALL ABOUT FANTASY FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL.>>WOULD YOU SAY IT’S SMART FOR>>WOULD YOU SAY IT’S SMART FOR SOMEBODY IN A KEEPER LEAGUE NOT SOMEBODY IN A KEEPER LEAGUE NOT FOR THIS SEASON BUT SMART TO

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