While many NFL followers — particularly Pats fans — have anxiously awaited an announcement from former star tight end Rob Gronkowski on a potential unretirement after the 30-year-old future Hall of Famer decided to prematurely hang up his cleats this offseason, the ex-Pats star took stage Tuesday morning to announce something a little less flashy, but important, nonetheless— his plans to partner with CBDMedic, a burgeoning CBD company.
Gronk Partners with CBD Company, CBDMedic
The former tight end made the announcement at 9:30 am ET at a New York City hotel. According to the three-time Super Bowl Champion, he learned of CBDMedic —a division of Woonsocket, Rhode Island and Toronto-based company, Abacus Medical Products,— through his father.
Gronkowski suffered a litany of injuries throughout his playing career, ranging from a back vertebral fracture, a torn ACL and MCL, a back vertebral disc hernia, and several concussions, amongst others. During the presser, he said he began using CBD for recovery after he stepped away from the game. According to the ex-Pro-Bowler, the results have been significant.
“I was hurt both mentally and physically from football,” Gronkowski said. “For the first time in more than a decade, I am pain-free.”
During his playing days, Gronkowski was known just as much for his partying, cold one crushing antics as he was for his generational exploits on the field. However, Gronk wants to change to his image post-career. After plugging CBDMedic’s new line of “all-natural, fitness-oriented recovery products,” Gronk told the crowd that he prefers a new nickname for his life chapter.
“So now you can just call me ‘Mr. Recovery,’” he said. “You know you like that name! Mr. Recovery, baby!”
However, on a much larger scale, Gronkowski isnt simply using his platform to earn additional sponsorship money — he already boasts an estimated net worth of $54 million — he genuinely appeared to advocate for CBD usage throughout not only the NFL, but all major sporting leagues around the globe.
“I’m here today to appeal to the sports governing bodies of the world to update their position on CBD — whether that’s the NBA, MLB or NFL — it’s just time,” he said.
Gronkowski isn’t the first— nor will he be the last— big-name athlete to put their stamp of approval on CBD. Recently, Pro Golfer Bubba Watson announced a similar partnership with CBD company cbdMD, despite warnings from the PGA. Like Gronkowski, Watson claimed the component helped his recovery, and as a result, extended his career.
Could CBD usage similarly extend Gronk’s illustrious career, despite the tight end’s recent retirement? The 4X first-team All-Pro, whose 81 receptions and 1,163 receiving yards in the playoffs are the most by any tight end in NFL history, didn’t rule out a comeback sometime down the line. He said he could make a decision anywhere between six months and three years down the road. But for now, recovery is the name of the game.
“I’m on the right path to where I am now and I’ve got a lot farther to go and I feel great and I am pain-free. But I truly believe I can get to another level with my body and I’m just in the first stage right now,” he said.
“When that time comes down in the future, if I have the desire to play football again, if I feel passionate about football again, if I’m feeling like I need to be out there on the field, I will go back to football, but as of right now that is not the case.”