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Rob Gronkowski Opened Up About ‘Super Depression’ While Playing With the Patriots

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Rob Gronkowski may have won three Super Bowls during his time as a tight end with the New England Patriots, but in a recent interview with Up & Adams the retired NFL pro shared how his mental state didn’t always line up with the victories he and his team were experiencing on the field.

When asked by Kay Adams how his former Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate Tom Brady might be taking his recent defeat against the Dallas Cowboys, Gronk revealed that perspective is everything.

“It changes a lot, your perspective from your young twenties to your mid-twenties to your thirties,” he said, “but a regular season game with the Patriots actually, throughout my twenties, if we won a game, the next day it felt like we still lost a game. And if we lost a game, it felt like you were in super depression for like two days at the Patriots, or like for the whole week.”

“So that’s what made you really want to win the games when you were with the Patriots, because you didn’t want to ever feel that depression feeling for the two days after the game,” he continued. “You’re like, ‘We have to win the game. We have to win the game so we have a good week so we feel good tomorrow.’ I used to do that too sometimes, you know, put my head down and be all sad… but the other team gets paid as well, they’re the best athletes in the world as well. As long as you go out there and you give your best performance, you give it all you have, then you got to walk away from the field with your head held high.”

Gronk added: “If you give it your all, all year long, you’re always banged up, fighting through injuries, that’s something that’s pretty amazing that you accomplished, getting through a whole NFL season.”

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Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.

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