Gronkowski discussed the quadriceps injury in length, sometimes in graphic detail, with Darren Hartwell of NBCSportsBoston.com. "I couldn't even walk after the game," Gronkowski added. I go to the after party, sit down, and just chill for the rest of the day, like the rest of the night till 3 a.m. Then I had to get up at 7:30 in the morning for treatment and then we went straight to the airport. " He said it three times during the interview.
Gronkowski also said he doesn't know if he'll play this season but that he wants to help the Patriots win another Super Bowl before calling it quits.
He also apologized for any embarrassment his comments may have caused his family.
Gronkowski suffered the injury on Sunday against the Steelers and was replaced by rookie Jacoby Brissett late in the fourth quarter. The Patriots lost 20-18 in overtime.
The loss ended their season and eliminated them from playoff contention. It's also a devastating injury for Gronkowski as he approaches his second season in New England. Before the injury, he was expected to be one of the top candidates for the NFL MVP award.
It's unclear how long Gronkowski will be out because the team has yet to announce his status. However, based on his comments, it sounds like he might not be ready for the start of the season.
Play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist linked the incident to former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann's horrific leg break suffered during a Monday Night Football game in 1985 during the game's broadcast. Doctors were unable to heal Prothro's leg sufficiently to allow him to continue playing after 11 lengthy surgery. He announced his retirement on September 30, 1990.
Prothro was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. He played nine seasons for the Redskins, appearing in 100 games and recording 33 interceptions. In addition to his work with ESPN, he has done color commentary for Redskins radio broadcasts since 1997 and is a studio analyst for their television broadcasts.
He returned to football in 1995 when the Dallas Cowboys offered him a job as a security guard but he turned it down because he wanted to remain active during the off season. That same year, he received a call from one of his former teammates at the Redskins, Darrell Green, who was working as a security guard for the New York Giants. Green told Prothro that the team needed help on defense and suggested that he give coaching a try. So, in 1996, Prothro became a defensive assistant for the Giants, working under head coach Bill Parcells. Under Parcells, the Giants made the playoffs each year from 1996-2000, winning two Super Bowls during that time period.
Gronkowski described Aaron as a "fantastic player." "He was an outstanding football player. But I get inquiries like that about him all the time. And, given everything else that was going on, I was extremely rattled when I heard that."
Dan Klecko understands why Rob Gronkowski rose up and nearly walked out of a CBS This Morning interview after being repeatedly asked about the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Gronkowski was more than simply angry or nervous.
Prof Fehily noted before Murray disclosed his operation, "Repetitive and heavy hip flexion can damage the cartilage of the socket and lead to deformation of the ball." In high-impact sports like martial arts, rugby, and gymnastics, this is a frequent injury. It's not as prevalent in tennis, but Murray is such a force. He has been forced to retire from three major tournaments in the past year.
Murray had surgery on his left hip last week in London to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur. The procedure was performed by Dr Andrew McInnes, who also repaired the same hip earlier this year when another player injured it during practice. This time around, the injury wasn't caused by overuse but rather by a violent fall during an international tournament.
The surgery was expected to keep Murray out of action for six to nine months but he announced his retirement from professional tennis early this month, just five months after having the same hip repaired.
Murray said in a statement: "I know that my body has been through a lot recently and I need to take care of it now. Retirement will allow me to do that without any pressure to perform."
He added: "I want to thank everyone for their support over the years. I'm looking forward to moving forward with my life now."