“I’ve Literally Had 20 Concussions In My Life. Probably Five Blackout Concussions”

May 13th, 2020

Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski is a football warrior. That was his reputation when he arrived in the NFL with a history of injuries in college.

He’s also a business man, a professional wrestler and a guy a grew up with his father in the fitness industry.

Gronk opened up seven months ago during an interview with Alex Rodriguez on The Corp. Joe was intrigued by Gronk detailing his football struggles with pain and history of traumatic brain injury.

“I’ve been beat up basically every single year, Gronkowski said. “But I really truly believe that I’ve found a way to be pain-free, a way to heal my body. And that’s why I stepped away from football, but I was already so far behind. You know what I mean? I’d do it all week, but then I’d go back out in a game and just ruin myself again. But then, you know, I’d play catch-up again that week and then I’d go back out, take another big hit and ruin myself again, take another big hit the next week.

“But that’s why I walked away from the game because I felt like I had an opportunity, too, that I needed to take off and heal myself. Right now, man, I can tell you this right now. I can get up. I can do anything. I’m pain-free.

“I had nine surgeries. I’ve had literally like 20 concussions in my life. Probably five blackout concussions, like where I don’t remember anything for like 10 minutes. But I do all the right treatments and do everything right. I started eating right. Because I felt like that was huge, man. Foods heal you. Foods’ the medicine. That’s the way to go.”

Listening to Gronk, you feel like he knows his body intimately and is extraordinarily dedicated to keeping it healthy. But at the same time, you realize that he’s taken so much punishment that his future is cloudy and his football motivation is limited.

Joe sure hopes the Bucs can find the right balance for Gronk when it comes to managing his reps while still getting the most out of him.

21 Responses to ““I’ve Literally Had 20 Concussions In My Life. Probably Five Blackout Concussions””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Great signing there…lol. What Brady wants, he gets.

  2. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The “real” question, is how many games will it take the sheep to “realize” that the Bucs did not get a pro bowl TE but just a “reality” star??????? How many games to figure out he can not run anymore and does not have the heart to be an effective blocker anymore?????????

    Some of the sheep will say next offseason, that ” he just needs to be in year two of ole stale biscuit’s offense”!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s time to herd the sheep, and put them back in the pen!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  3. BigHog Says:

    Time to hang it up!! (No more bashing)

  4. Youngbucs Says:

    Big hog and all other nut huggers this is the nfl all players are hurt even if you don’t hear about it.

  5. SteveK Says:

    Healthy Gronk= running game+ passing game+ playoffs.

    Go Bucs!

  6. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    I love how Buc “fans” are rooting for Gronk to get hurt or fail here.

    You are a special kind of loser.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    El Buco Realisto questioning Rob Gronkowski’s heart. What a joke.

  8. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The “Realist” certainly has an affinity for sheep doesn’t he?

    Hmmmmm ?

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Yes, the funny part is El Fake-A-Leasto heard someone else say this and is just regurgitating what they said. The ultimate sheep.

  10. 2002WasALongTimeAgo Says:

    You guys could do what I do, skip over the “sheep rants “. You already know what it’ll say. I think having Gronk in the TE room is a plus, and whatever he can do on the field will be great.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Gronk=Pure Football Warrior.

    I am thankful he is in our foxhole.

    Fun times for a change for real Buc fans.

    Casuals can complain elsewhere. Yeah: I’m lookin’ at you, Casual.

  12. buc15 Says:

    exactly Cobraboy. Let the real fans be excited for once and enjoy the ride. Trolls like realist are just a waist of space and must be miserable in their own life.

  13. Show me the TDs Says:

    I can’t believe people still read and respond to Realist.

  14. unbelievable Says:

    The “real” question is how many boxes of tissues does realist go through on a weekly basis, given how much crying he does everyday?

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    while you’ve been playing with sleep, the TEAM has drafted a RT, signed a OL, while keeping OJ and Brate….GRONK is for the red zone….aint got to “run” far for that….

    time for you to go back in the cage with ndog and play with biscuits & sheep!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  16. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I know when I’m wrong, and I’d like to apologize to El Buco Realisto. I shouldn’t been so harsh on you, being that you’re either a child or special needs. There’s no way a normal grown man would post this kind of stuff every day.

  17. ClodHopper Says:

    “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food” -Hippocrates

  18. The Coroner Says:

    Too much head trauma.

  19. Wesley Says:

    They’re paying him way too much, to maybe play 12 games. Could have used some of that money elsewhere.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The truth is that I consider Gronk as an off-field distraction i practices and the locker room. However…

    …as soon as he gets injured, that ceases to become an issue.

    And until he’s injured, maybe he will produce.

    He will help Tom acclimate to a new team though, bringing some familiarity.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Wesley Says
    “They’re paying him way too much, to maybe play 12 games. Could have used some of that money elsewhere.”

    If they need more money, they will find it. The truth is, they don’t need more this year. They re-signed the important players, signed the most important ones, and addressed all other areas of need in the draft.

    So they did not overpay Gronk. It’s only one year. Come next year, he will retire again and they’ll have a bunch of money again.