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Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:15 am
Gronkowski had two touchdowns Monday. On the second score (above) he narrowly avoided serious injury. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one of Tom Brady's favorite targets, which also qualifies him as one of the league's best pass-catchers. That's one of the benefits to playing in New England's offense. For the season, the second-year player out of Arizona has 56 receptions for 805 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a season long 52-yard score against the Chiefs Monday night. He is, as our colleague Mike Freeman explains, "a special player with unforgettable talent."

But it was Gronkowski's second touchdown, a 19-yarder in the third quarter, that left him groggy after he landed awkwardly on his neck.

Gronkowski says he's fine after landing on his neck in the end zone.

Following the game, Gronkowski was asked if he remembered the touchdown.

“I remember the moment and everything,” Gronkowski said, via Larry Brown Sports (by way of PFT). “If I didn’t I still wouldn’t even say I didn’t. I’m trying to play this week.”

Gronkowski, who's listed at 6-6, 265, later joked about what could've been a serious injury.  On the bench after the play, the Patriots' training staff checked him for concussion-like symptoms.

"Yeah, they kept asking me, and I started throwing out my own math problems," Gronkowski said, according to "I was like, 'Dude, I can count to 10,' and I started counting to 10," he said. "That's pretty easy though, so they kept letting me play."

It's easier to laugh knowing that Gronkowski is okay. And while we applaud him for his toughness, confessing that he'd lie to stay in the game is a problem for a league committed to making the game as safe as possible (obvious exception: the 18-game schedule).

As PFT's Michael David Smith pointed out, Gronkowski's not alone. Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning have said previously that they'd tell the doctors what they want to hear to get back on the field.

One solution: in-game concussion tests. If the NFL truly is serious about head injuries, that should be (ahem) a no-brainer.

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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:35 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

That's the nature of the business.  The longer these guys play, the harsher the physical toll it takes on their bodies.  Everyone would love the opportunity so it is extremely competetive, so guys take risks that could potentially ruin them, with the hope of that next big deal.  The league can do all they want, but it's football, and these guys choose to be football players.  They know what could happen, I say let them decide for themselves what's important to them.

Don't get me wrong, I hate to see anyone get seriously hurt.  But I hate to see people lose their jobs too.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:58 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

As a Jet's fan? You're a turd anyway...

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:59 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

Your sick!!! To wish that on anyone is discusting. Its just a game, just because the Patriots beat the crap outta the jets this year is no reason to wish anyone harm. We are all Americans you know

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:47 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

Who are the Jets anyway? Oh yeah, that team Joe Namath led in 1969 to a Superbowl! Jets fans and Rex need to shut up and watch all the rest of the great teams in the NFL entertain us!

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:56 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

As a pats fan, im just going to Jabar Gaffney on you and say kill yourself

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

I would normally agree with letting a grown man make his own decisions, but the problem is unless you are a star, you can lose your job if your backup comes in and plays better than you.  This leads players to almost being financially forced into playing through concussions and possibly ruining their lives down the road.  Also, if it becomes the norm to play with concussions again, your teammates will question your toughness and committment if you choose to sit out with a concussion, even though that is obviously the best decision.  What if it's a big game, or the playoffs, or the Super Bowl?  Few players would voluntarily leave in that situation, but they have to.  If's similar to the PED arguement.  I think all drugs should be legal and personally don't care if someone wants to be a crackhead, but smart people know that even if there are short term gains from steroids, there are many long term health risks associated with it.  If you are a marginal player and others begin to use PEDs, you are out of a job unless you use them too.  That is the main reason these types of decisions need to be made for the players- to even the playing field and not hurt those who make smart decisions.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:03 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

I'm all for player safety, but if a grown man says he is good to go, you put him back in the game.  Its his decision, unless of course it is obvious that he is completely out of it.  It is a physical game and should be played as such.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:00 pm

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

as a pats fan, i wish jets fans would stop talking. 

Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:59 am

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

Ah, Jets' fans, the bowels of Mother Earth with IQs somewhere between an ashtray and a pickle jar.

Go Patriots!

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:27 am

Gronkowski says he wouldn't admit concussion

If it had, someone on the Jets could have handed it back.

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